They welcomed their third child, Prince Louis, back in April, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just appeared with all their family for the very first time. Prince William and Catherine attended the christening of their youngest son at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, on Monday, bringing along Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the occasion. Prince Louis slept peacefully in his mother’s arms as the family made their way into the chapel, with Princess Charlotte waving at a swarm of photographers, and politely shaking the hand of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
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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The eldest siblings were dressed in shades of blue, white and navy, with Prince Louis clad in the handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by dressmaker to the Queen Angela Kelly. The christening marks the first time the young royal has been seen since his birth on April 23. For the service, the Duchess of Cambridge turned to Alexander McQueen, having worn the British label’s designs to the christenings of her first two children. The cream dress with delicate puffed shoulders complemented her newborn’s lace gown, and the royal kept the palette clean with pearl earrings and nude pumps. Catherine added a structured Jane Taylor headband, adorned with floral decorations, for a demure, elegant finish.
The service was attended by the newlywed Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Prince Louis’s maternal grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were not able to attend christening, Buckingham Palace confirmed ahead of the service, due to prior engagements.
Prince Louis’s godparents were revealed ahead of the christening, with no members of Britain’s royal family included. Close friends of Prince William, Nicholas van Cutsem and Guy Pelly, made the list, along with the duke’s schoolfriend Harry Aubrey-Fletcher. Family friend Lady Laura Meade, Catherine’s schoolfriend Hannah Carter, and the duchess’s cousin, Lucy Middleton, rounded out the group of those asked by Their Royal Highnesses. Following the service, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a private tea at Clarence House, Kensington Palace revealed. During the occasion, guests were served christening cake, which was taken from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eight-tier wedding fruit cake from 2011.