Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Royal Family steps out for Prince Louis' christening

Royal Family steps out for Prince Louis' christening

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018.

Although Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were not in attendance, Prince Charles and Camilla were joined by Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton and the the rest of the Middleton clan, including their brother James, Pippa and her husband James.

The christening came at the start of a busy week for the monarch, who is due to attend celebrations in London marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force Tuesday and to meet US President Donald Trump in Windsor on Friday.

The Queen spoke proudly as the RAF's Air Commodore-in-Chief and also in remembrance of the Battle of Britain, in which her father King George VI served.

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"She loved all the old classics and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions for Louis, [big sister Princess] Charlotte and [big brother Prince] George to enjoy as they get older", a friend told the tabloid.

The service, conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, featured all of the usual trappings of a royal christening, including the silver baptismal Lily Font, the water taken from the River Jordan, the singing by the Royal Chapel choir, and the baby clad in a handmade replica of the royal christening gown of Honiton lace lined with white satin. He also performed Meghan's secret baptism.

DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA The Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis.

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In one photo, Prince George and Princess Charlotte can be seen pressing their faces to the window, watching the event unfold.

Elsewhere, Sophie Carter - who already acts as a godmother for three-year-old Princess Charlotte - is among the list, and so is Lucy Middleton, a cousin of the Duchess. He helped organize William's bachelor party and is married to an American, Holiday Inn heiress Lizzie Wilson.

They also chose two anthems for the choir to sing - This is the Day which the Lord hath Made, written for their wedding in 2011 by John Rutter, and Suo Gan, a traditional Welsh lullaby.

In another, Princess Charlotte shields her eyes as she and her brother look in different directions at the awaiting crowd.

The woman of the hour, Catherine, Duchess of Sussex, continued her tradition of wearing cream to all her children's christenings in Alexander McQueen.

Pelly, who attended the christening with his wife Lizzy, is perhaps best known for accompanying Princes William and Harry in livelier days on the London nightclub scene, and has previously said he is now "leaving it to the next generation".

The Lily Font is another piece of royal history present at Louis's christening.

Kensington Palace reports that following the service, Wills and Kate hosted a lovely tea for guests back at Clarence House.

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