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Prince Louis's Christening - Without Queen or Duke

 

Prince Louis has been christened in a private ceremony, without the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attending. Buckingham Palace said the decision was taken by the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge "some time ago" and it is not due to health reasons.

The 11-week-old was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. He was joined by his siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince George. It is the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children have been seen together as a family of five.
Kate said her son was 'relaxed and peaceful' before the ceremony. Prince Louis' six godparents are Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Mrs Robert Carter and Lucy Middleton.They are all friends or family of the Cambridges, who also picked friends and confidantes as Prince George's and Princess Charlotte's godparents.

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked to the chapel behind the Cambridges

 

Who are Prince Louis' godparents?
Guy Pelly: The son of wealthy Kent landowners, Mr Pelly used to help run several London nightclubs. He is a close friend of both Prince William and Prince Harry - helping to organise the former's stag do - and was dubbed the pair's "court jester". He has been banned from driving three times, including twice for drink-driving and once for speeding.
Nicholas van Cutsem: He is a British Army major and a close friend of both Prince William and Harry. His daughter, Florence, was a bridesmaid at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal wedding in May.
Lady Laura Meade: Also one of Princess Charlotte's godparents, Lady Meade is the wife of Prince William's close friend and fellow Etonian James Meade, known as "Meadey". She is the daughter of the 8th Earl of Romney.
Hannah Carter: Formerly Hannah Gillingham, she went to school with Kate at Marlborough College. She is the wife of Robert Carter, who belongs to a family of wealthy landowners.
Lucy Middleton: She is the Duchess of Cambridge's cousin and a solicitor.
Harry Aubrey-Fletcher: He went to Ludgrove School and Eton with William and his father is the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.

 

 

The Queen, was travelling back from Norfolk on Monday and has a busy week ahead, with celebrations marking the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday and US President Donald Trump's visit to Windsor on Friday.
Newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were among the guests at the ceremony, along with Kate's pregnant sister Pippa Middleton and their brother James Middleton.
Duchess Meghan, attending her first royal christening, wore an olive green Ralph Lauren outfit and a Stephen Jones hat. Kate wore a white McQueen outfit with a hat by Jane Taylor.
Prince Louis' grandfather, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall were also present.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose hymns O Jesus, I Have Promised and Lord of All Hopefulness for the ceremony.

Prince Louis and Duchess Kate: Prince Louis wore the christening gown that his siblings had also worn

 

Prince Louis's christening gown is the same one that was used by his siblings. The cream lace and white satin robe is a replica of the robe made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841, which is now too delicate to be worn. The new version was made by the Queen's dresser, Angela Kelly.
According to tradition, water from the River Jordan was used.
Following the 40-minute traditional religious service, guests are attending a private tea which will include slices of christening cake, from a tier taken from the duke and duchess' wedding cake. 

Louis Arthur Charles weighed 8lb 7oz when he was born in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on 23 April. He is fifth in line to the throne. His elder brother George was also christened in the Chapel Royal, but sister Charlotte was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.

Photos: Press Association