Royal Christening of Prince Louis (3)

The Duchess of Cambrige at Prince Louis Christening
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Today Prince Louis of Cambridge was christened at the Chapel Royal of the St. James Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced the names of the Godparents and christening details earlier in the day. The guest list involved Prince Charles of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Michael Middleton, Carole Middleton, James Middleton, Pippa and James Matthews and Sussex couple.

The guests arriving at the chapel royal with Middleton Family. Video by Rebecca English.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh did not attend the ceremony after discussing it with William and Kate. Buckingham Palace said the decision was taken “some time ago” and it is not due to health reasons. The royal reporter Richard Palmer tweeted, “I’ve spoken to a couple of sources and the explanation seems to be it’s another busy week for the monarch at 92. She has the RAF centenary tomorrow, a meeting with President Trump on Friday and audiences in between. I understand that it was mutually agreed some time ago and the Cambridges are “relaxed” about it.”

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the christening for Prince Louis with Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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William and Kate arrived with grown up Prince George and Princess Charlotte holding William’s hand while the 11 week old Prince Louis was sleeping peacefully in his mother’s arms.

Prince Louis in his mother arms at his christening
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Once again William and Kate chose their friends and family members to be a part of their child’s life. The couple asked Mr. Nicholas van Cutsem, Mr. Guy Pelly, Mr. Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, The Lady Laura Meade, Mrs. Robert Carter, Miss Lucy Middleton to be the Godparents of Prince Louis.

A brief look at Prince Louis’ Godparents:

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Mr. Nicholas van Cutsem: Major Nicholas van Cutsem is one of the oldest friends Prince William. His family has a longstanding friendship with the royal family.  We all remember his daughter Grace who stole the show at the 2011 Royal wedding when she covered her ears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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Mr. Guy Pelly: One of the closet friends of both Prince William and Prince Harry since their teenage Guy Pelly is known as the trouble maker of the group. The owner of the night club Tonteria was one of the bookies favourite for Prince George’s godfathers list.

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Mr. Harry Aubrey-Fletcher: The third Godfather of Prince Louis is Harry Aubrey-Fletcher. Harry attended both Ludgrove prep school and Eton with the Prince William. Kate and William famously stepped out together to attend the wedding of Harry in 2011 after their engagement .

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The Lady Laura Meade: Wife of William’s old Etonian friend James Meade who also made a speech at the royal wedding and Godfather of Princess Charlotte, Lady Laura Meade is in the royal circle for a long time and a very close friend to the couple.

Mrs. Hannah Robert Carter Prince Louis Godmother
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Mrs. Robert Carter: Hannah Carter wife of Robert Carter attended Marlborough College with Kate. Her sister-in-law, Sophie Carter, is one of Charlotte’s godparents.

Lucy Middleton Duchess Kates cousin
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Miss Lucy Middleton: A solicitor in London, specialising in media litigation for Atkins Thomson, Lucy Middleton is Duchess’ cousin. She is said to be close to the Duchess as the pair spent their gap year together in Florence.

Details on the christening of #PrinceLouis
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Kensington Palace announced the details of the christening just few minutes before the ceremony. Prince

Today we saw the family of five together for the first time. Prince George and Princess Charlotte looked cute at the christening of their younger brother. William encouraged both George and Charlotte to shake hands with the Archbishop of Canterbury and when they did he said,” Well Done”.

Prince George at the christening of Prince Louis
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As usual the show was stolen by cute Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Princess Charlotte at the christening of Prince Louis
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Both George and Charlotte were in blue outfits matching their father who was in blue suit.

Prince Louis in royal chrsitening robe at his christening
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Louis wore the handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by Angela Kelly, Dressmaker to The Queen. The original Honiton lace and satin robe that is now 172 years old, was last wore by Lady Louise Windsor in 2004. After years of wearing it had become too fragile to use, so in 2008 the Queen commissioned a replica. It features the same length skirt, elaborate collars and bow as its predecessor. The first baby to wear the replica robe was the son of Earl and Countess of Wessex James, the Viscount Severn.

The Lily Font – which is part of the Crown Jewels - will be used for the service. The silver baptismal font was first used in 1841 and has been a feature of Royal Christenings ever since.
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The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were used during the baptism. The Lily Font – which is part of the Crown Jewels – was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 after the birth of their first child, Victoria- Princess Royal and first used in 1841 and has been a feature of Royal Christenings ever since.

Prince Louis will be christened at the chapel royal at st. james palace
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The ceremony lasted 40 minutes and was conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Ahead of the service he tweeted:

‘I’m delighted and privileged to be christening Prince Louis today – a precious child made in God’s image, just as we all are. Please join me in praying for him and his family on this special day.  “You are my beloved” (Mark 1:11)’

The wedding cake of Prince William and Kate Middleton
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Following the service, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave a private tea at Clarence House. Guests were served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake. The couple’s 3 Feet high wedding cake was made by baker Fiona Cairns, and consisted of 17 individual fruit cakes.

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Portrait photographer Matt Holyoak was the official photographer at the christening of Prince Louis. The official photographs were taken at Clarence House following the service in The Chapel Royal, Kensington Palace announced. I believe the official pictures will be released in a day or 2.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince george, Princess charlotte and Prince Louis
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Making the hat-trick, Duchess of Cambridge chose another Alexander McQueen outfit for the christening of Prince Louis. The cream outfit features a fit and flare silhouette with slightly puffed shoulders and vee-neckline.

Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen custom dress for Prince Louis's Christening
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There are not many pictures showing the dress but the elegant and feminine outfit was perfectly suitable for the occasion  The Vogue described the outfit as,

“Middleton’s latest outfit was modern and elegant—perhaps her most directional McQueen moment yet. The dress featured a peaked demi-leg-o-mutton sleeve, a nod to Elizabethan tradition, and worked well with a plunging v-neckline.”

Duchess of Cambridge wore floral headpiece to Prince Louis christening
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Instead of wearing a Fascinator, Duchess paired the outfit with floral headpiece by Jane Taylor. The headband features an ivory straw accessorized with silk flowers, pearl beads and few different embellishments.

Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs
Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Studs

 

Kate finished her look with a new pair of Cavolfiore Pearl Studs from Cassandra Goad. Inspired from cauliflower (cavolfiore) , the studs containing seven pearls are set in 18ct yellow gold . Big thanks to the Samantha Salazar (@samsfashionfind) for the amazing find.

Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Patent Leather pointy-toe pumps
Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Patent Leather pointy-toe pumps

It seems Kate was wearing Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Patent Leather Pumps that she wore on Royal Wedding this year too.

Duchess of Cambridge at George, Charlotte and Louis christening

A look back to Duchess’ iconic christening outfits.

 

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2 thoughts on “Christening of Prince Louis of Cambridge

  1. Omg.. that headband.. its so prettt. Kate looks really elegant. Recently her looks is evolving more and more and everytime she is at a royal event it seems she came out more and more regal.

  2. Kate looks absolutely stunning.. that headpiece is really beautiful.. and charlotte has grown up .. beautiful family

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