As promised, the christening for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s youngest son, Prince Louis, was today. It’s the first time we’ve seen him since Will and Kate debuted him on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital in April. Sure, Kate shared a pic of Louis as well as one with the infant and big sister Charlotte back in May so we had that to tide us over, but a shot of the little guy in his christening gown, with Char and George and the rest of his family on hand? That’s another level. And the royals didn’t disappoint.
As per usual, George was his shy self, while Charlotte was a little more eager to shake hands with the men who would be baptizing Louis: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, along with The Dean of The Chapel Royal, The Right Reverend and Right Honourable the Lord Chartres, and The Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal, The Reverend Canon Paul Wright, according to the Palace.
But it was Kate who looked all kinds of amazing, simply glowing as she carried her son into The Chapel Royal at London’s St James’s Palace. It’s where George was baptized in October 2013. Charlotte’s christening, on the other hand, was at St Mary Magdalene Church at The Queen‘s Sandringham estate in Norfolk in July 2015.
Speaking of Her Majesty, we learned earlier today that she and Prince Philip would miss the ceremony, something William and Kate were OK with because it’s not like they had a choice.
The Queen & Philip have just spent the weekend together in Norfolk. He is remaining there while she travels back to London today. Her decision not to attend was mutually agreed with William & Kate, while Philip clearly doesn’t want to attend public events unless he really has to.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) July 9, 2018
But the intimate gathering was still well-attended, what with Louis’ grandfather, Prince Charles, his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, and his uncle and aunt, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan all there to show their love and support. And before you ask, yes, they were holding hands as it was a family event and, yes, Megs kept her dress neutral and subdued so as not to unwittingly steal any thunder.
Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Laura Meade, Robert Carter and Lucy Middleton were all chosen for godparent duty, all of whom are friends of the couple with the exception of Kate’s cousin, Lucy.
They were joined by the Middleton contingent, including Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole, brother James, sister Pippa and brother-in-law James Matthews.
The godparents arrive along with the Middleton family for Prince Louis’s christening pic.twitter.com/3uZvWw54ZB
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) July 9, 2018
Afterwards, the royals and their guests will head to Clarence House for a “private tea” reception where, according to the Palace, they’ll be served “slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.” Um, here’s hoping there’ll be more than seven-year-old cake for everyone to munch on.
To his adoring public’s disappointment, there weren’t a ton of shots of Louis from the event — though this might be why.
Prince Louis looked to be asleep for his big day.
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) July 9, 2018
Damn the Cambridges and their adorable, chill, low-key babies! It’s been months since we’ve seen the prince and we want more. For now, we’ll just have to make do with these pics from the wonderful day.
Prince Louis’ christening finally happened and it was glorious
Louis, OKSuch a handsome little man, though he stayed asleep for his grand entrance. In case you're wondering, Louis is wearing a replica of the royal christening gown originally designed for Princess Victoria in 1841, making him the eighth royal to step out in it (with parental assistance, of course).Getty Images
Respect your eldersCharles and Camilla are first into the building.Getty Images
Royal arrivalKate, William, Louis, George and Charlotte arrive at the chapel, looking gorgeous.Getty Images
Happy dayThe Duchess and the Archbishop of Canterbury, exchanging pleasantries.Getty Images
From ear to earKate just can't stop smiling. We totally get it.Getty Images
It's all relativeKate's brother/Louis' uncle was joined by godmother Lady Laura Meade, who looked ecstatic to be there.Getty Images
Family affairMama and Papa Middleton in the house.Getty Images
Sisterly loveHere's an unobstructed view of mama-to-be Pippa and husband, James Matthews.Getty Images
The look of loveProud Mama Kate just can't tear her eyes away from her little prince.Getty Images
Cake bossWill and Kate’s eight-tiered wedding cake, comprised of 17 individual fruit cakes, was clearly big enough to cater all three of their kids' christenings. Bon appétit!Getty Images
Camera-ready vs. camera-shyYou’ve got to love how Charlotte is always conscious of where the cameras are while George will hide from them at every opportunity.Getty Images
Newly-minted aunt and uncleThis could be the newlyweds someday — if that's what they want, that is.Getty Images
Mamma miaGeorge might be unimpressed, but Kate's captivated. For obvious reasons.Getty Images
Daddy dearestWill wrangles the Christening-Boy's two older siblings.Getty Images
Can't get enough.One more time, just because.Getty Images