Edward and Sophie's joy is evident as they cradle baby Louise
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12 JANUARY 2004
The delight is clearly visible on the faces of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, as they hold their baby in new photographs released by Buckingham Palace. The pictures, which were taken by the Duke of York, are the first official photos of little Louise since her birth two months ago.

Lady Louise gave the royal family quite a scare when she was born four weeks premature in November. At first there were fears for her health, but she has been putting on weight ever since and appears to be very healthy. And the Countess, who stayed in hospital for 10 days after the delivery, also looks well in the snaps.

"She is spending as much quality time as possible with her daughter, and she is just thrilled at her progress," said a source at the palace. "She really is an absolutely adored baby and a real cutie-pie. She looks like a perfect jolly little baby."

Prince Andrew took the photographs over the Christmas break when the entire Windsor clan was gathered at Sandringham. A keen amateur photographer, he took 200 pictures in all, though only a handful are being released to the media. Most of the pics have been redistributed to members of the Royal Family, each signed "Edward, Sophie and baby Louise".

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