Prince Louis has been christened in a private ceremony at St James’s Palace.
The two-month-old baby was spotted in public for the first time since his birth when he was taken to the Chapel Royal by his mother and father, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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His elder siblings, George and Charlotte, were also in attendance, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Middleton family.
Members of the Royal Family arrive at St James's Palace for the christening of Prince Louis. pic.twitter.com/3pDk4D898C
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Kate and William’s youngest child was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Here’s how his special day compared to that of his siblings:
Kate and William chose the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace in central London for the location of Louis’ christening. The venue has a historical connection with the royal family as it is the where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married. It is also where the Queen’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, tied-the-knot in 1893.
Prince George’s 2013 christening was also held there. However, Charlotte was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in the royal residence of Sandringham in Norfolk where the Cambridge family were based before moving back to London last year.
The christening robe
As expected, Prince Louis was christened in the same royal gown his elder siblings were. Contrary to popular opinion, the robe is actually a replica of the original robe which was made in 1841 for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William and Harry were also christened in the original gown.
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However, as the gown decayed through time, the Queen commissioned her dresser Angela Kelly to make a replica so that the original could be preserved. This was first worn by Prince Edward’s son James, Viscount Severn, in 2008 and is the same one George and Charlotte were baptised in.
A key difference to Prince Louis’ christening is that his great grandmother and grandfather, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh did not attend. The news was confirmed on Monday morning and, while no official reason has been provided, Buckingham Palace said the decision was not due to health grounds and was decided some time ago. Some royal reporters suggested it is because the Queen has a very busy week planned.
Since Charlotte was christened in 2015, there have been some important marriages within the Cambridge’s inner circle, meaning the guest list has been slightly tweaked for Prince Louis’ service. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, accompanied Prince Harry to the christening before they set off for a royal visit to Ireland. Harry had attended George’s christening, but he was unable to make Charlotte’s in 2015 because he was in Africa. The Duchess of Sussex wore a khaki dress by Ralph Lauren and hat by Stephen Jones.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa also married in 2017, so she was joined by her husband James Matthews this time.
All three Cambridge children have a different number of godparents. Prince George has seven, Charlotte has five and Louis has six. The godparents have been at each of the respective christenings and Louis’ (Mr Nicholas van Cutsem, Mr Guy Pelly, Mr Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, The Lady Laura Meade, Mrs Robert Carter and Miss Lucy Middleton) were all at the church with their spouses on Monday.
The godparents and Middleton family exit after the service for a slice of fruit cake and photographs pic.twitter.com/mkK2y9FHy9
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What Kate wore
In 2013, for her first child’s christening, the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a cream coat from one of her favourite fashion houses Alexander McQueen. She later recycled the classic outfit at one of the Queen’s summer garden parties in 2016.
For Charlotte’s service, Kate chose another cream custom-made tailored Alexander McQueen coat, which she paired with a Jane Taylor fascinator worn with an up-do. Again, Kate re-wore the coat a few years later to a memorial service in Ypres, Belgium in 2017.