Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Prince Louis slept through his christening: Best pictures from the ceremony

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart after attending Prince Louis' christening.  Press Association The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart after attending Prince Louis christening
Stacy Diaz | 12 July, 2018, 01:08

Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip were not present at the ceremony after it was decided "some time ago" that they would not attend for unknown reasons which are not thought to be health related. They were joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

If the moniker sounds familiar, you should know that it previously belonged to the late Princess Diana.

She was recently seen sticking out her tongue at photographers while arriving at Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding in May.

It may have been her baby brother's christening but - once again- Princess Charlotte was the star of the show.

This was the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with all three children.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were unable to attend the family ceremony.

Kate is now in the middle of maternity leave for Prince Louis and hasn't yet returned to full-time royal duties.

Louis' baptism comes after it was recently revealed he will have no less than six godparents, who are all friends or family of Their Royal Highnesses.

In this week's edition of New Idea Royals, Frances and Angela discuss the major choices Prince William and Kate Middleton chose to make for their youngest child, including why they made a decision to perform the ceremony at the Chapel Royal.

Meanwhile, Kate's cousin Lucy Middleton, school friend Hannah Carter and William's pal Lady Laura Meade are Louis' godmothers.

On Monday, Prince Louis was christened at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace surrounded by his family.

Older brother Prince George walked in holding Prince William's other hand, while Duchess Kate carried their baby brother in his heirloom lace christening gown. The royal wore large clustered pearl earrings to finish the look and kept her makeup simple with a smoky eye, rosy cheeks and light berry lips.

The event is a special one for Prince William too, who became a fourth generation RAF member and spent active duty as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

Per the official royal website, "Following the service, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give a private tea at Clarence House".