The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have set their youngest son’s christening date for July 9, so you know what that means? In less than three weeks, we will see Prince Louis for the first time since the day he was born, bundled up in his parents’ arms on the hospital steps. He’ll be 11 weeks old by then; we can only imagine how much he’s changed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce that the christening of Prince Louis will take place on Monday 9th July at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, London.
Prince Louis will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. pic.twitter.com/aBGNYTMRri
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 20, 2018
Louis’ ceremony will be performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, who’s been the main dude for the royals since he became the principal leader of the Church of England in 2012. Not only has he performed Charlotte and George’s christenings but he also officiated Harry and Meghan‘s wedding vows back in May.
The ceremony will be held at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, where big brother George was christened. Sister Charlotte, on the other hand, was christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church at the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. A nice touch, since it’s where the late Princess Diana was baptized.
If you remember, the Cambridges broke with tradition and opted for their eldest child’s christening to not be held at Buckingham Palace — where Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince William were all christened — and instead opted for a private service at the site of where the body of Diana laid at rest for a week following her death in 1997. Some suggested at the time that it was Will’s way of including his late mother in the ceremony. Whatever the case, a quiet service instead of public fanfare is something the royals need every once in a while.
The guest list for the christening may or may not be released closer to the date, as will William and Kate’s choice of godparents. Place your bets now, but we’re banking on Meghan and Harry making the cut.