Prince Louis, the fifth in line to the throne, was christened on 9 July 2018. Here’s everything you need to know about the celebration – from who his godparents are to what he wore.
The christening was a private affair, with the prince surrounded only by family and a few very close friends of the royals. But although the day wasn’t televised like the recent royal wedding, some details have been made public.
From the guest list to the post-ceremony tea party, we’ve rounded up everything we know about Prince Louis’ christening.
Where did the royal christening take place?
Prince Louis was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.
The palace is located in Westminster and is used for significant royal engagements. Before Louis, Prince George was christened there and it was where Kate Middleton took Holy Communion the night before her wedding.
When did the royal christening happen?
The private 40-minute ceremony started at 4pm on Monday 9 July 2018.
What did Prince Louis wear for his christening?
Prince Louis, who is just eleven weeks old, wore the same christening gown as his older siblings, George and Charlotte.
The gown is cream in colour, with a long train and a frilly trim. Known as the Honiton christening gown, it’s supposed to be a replica of the christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter Princess Victoria in 1841.
The original garment was inspired by Queen Victoria’s own wedding dress, and was made from white silk with a handmade lace overlay. Over 163 years the gown was worn by 62 royal babies, including Prince William and Prince Harry, before a replica was made.
Who attended the royal christening?
As expected, the royal christening was a very private affair, with only family and very close friends invited. Among the attendees were Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton also came along, as did her brother James, sister Pippa and Pippa’s husband James Matthews. Of course, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding in May, were in attendance, as well as the six godparents selected for Prince Louis.
Why didn’t the Queen attend Prince Louis’ christening?
Both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were unable to attend their great-grandson’s christening, and although the reason hasn’t been made entirely clear, Kensington Palace says it’s not because of health problems.
It’s known that the Queen’s schedule on the week of the royal christening is very busy, celebrating the RAF centenary, hosting a meeting with Donald Trump (which is enough to make anyone need a day off) and other engagements in between.
Who are Prince Louis’ godparents?
Prince Louis’ godparents are Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Carter and Lucy Middleton.
Nicholas van Cutsem is an international business developer and has been friends with both Prince William and Prince Harry for most of their lives due to their fathers being close friends.
Guy Pelly is a nightclub manager and the son of Lady Carolyn Herbert, who was a close friend of Princess Diana.
Harry Aubrey-Fletcher is the son of Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire and another long-term friend of Prince William.
Lady Laura Meade is the wife of one of Princess Charlotte’s godfathers, James Meade. The Meades are said to have become good friends with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge since they became neighbours in Norfolk.
Hannah Carter is an old schoolfriend of the Duchess of Cambridge, while Lucy Middleton is one of the royal’s cousins.
What happened after the royal christening service?
After Prince Louis was officially christened, Kensington Palace revealed that all the guests would be treated to a private tea at Clarence House. Standing beside St James’s Palace, Clarence House is the London residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
As is tradition, guests were served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.
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