The British royal family came together yesterday for the christening of Prince Louis, son of Kate Middleton and Prince William.
Two months has passed since the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child and it was the first time we saw them all together as a family of five. The ceremony took place at The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, the same venue as Prince Georges christening in 2013, and was overseen by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Just as the previous christenings, Kate Middleton chose Alexander McQueen and wore a cream dress from the designer that she styled with a beaded headband by Jane Taylor (inspired by stuffed headpieces worn in the 14th and 15th century) Jimmy Choo patent leather pumps and custom made Cassandra Goad earrings. Sticking to the royal traditions, Prince Louis was dressed in the same christening robe as his siblings, but despite popular belief, the lace gown is actually a replica of the original which was made in 1841 for Queen Victoria’s older daughter, but by 2004 the delicate piece had to retire for preservation.
There were various members of the royal family attending, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who chose an olive Ralph Lauren dress with a Stephen Jones hat and Manolo Blahnik pumps. Kate’s sister Pippa, who is expecting her first child, was also present alongside her husband. However, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh did not attend Louis’ baptism, which sources believe is down to the Queen’s busy schedule and nothing to do with health.
All of the three Cambridge children have different godparents with Prince George having seven, Princess Charlotte six and Prince Louis five. Earlier that day, the new godparents were announced as Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, The Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Gillingham and Lucy Middleton, who is Kate’s cousin.