The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child was christened in a private ceremony earlier today. Officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the intimate event took place in the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace.
I’m delighted and privileged to be christening Prince Louis today – a precious child made in God’s image, just as we all are. Please join me in praying for him and his family on this special day.
“You are my beloved” (Mark 1:11) pic.twitter.com/HAqW51YFBJ
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) July 9, 2018
The christening of Prince Louis
Prince Louis donned the same cream lace and white satin robe his older siblings wore to their christenings—a replica of the robe made for Queen Elizabeth’s first daughter in 1841.
Kate Middleton arrived at the chapel holding a “relaxed and peaceful” Prince Louis. Walking just a few steps ahead are Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in each hand. The event is also the Cambridges’ first public appearance as a family of five.
The newly wedded Duke and Duchess of Sussex joins the 11-week-old. This makes the event Meghan Markle’s first royal christening. Also in attendance are Prince Louis’ godparents: Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Carter, and Lucy Middleton. The baby’s grandparents, the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Carole, and Michael Middleton, were also present. However, noticeably absent were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh due to the Queen’s busy schedule.
After the traditional religious service, the guests attended a private reception. The tea also featured a tier from the Duke and Duchess’ wedding cake.