Will and Kate’s adorable new Prince is officially welcomed into the Royal family! From sweet candid photos to Princess Charlotte’s choice words for the press, Prince Louis’ christening was an affair to remember!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have done a lot for those of us who dared believe in a royal happily ever after. Since their fairytale wedding back in 2011, the couple have appeared steadfast and true, all the while growing a royal family of their own. First came Prince George, then Princess Charlotte and just two months ago, their third little one, Prince Louis, joined the adorable brood.
Front Page News
Like the couple’s first two children, Prince Louis’ birth, on April 23, caught the interest of the world. And the first glimpse of the newest royal on the steps of St. Mary’s hospital just 12 hours after being born, made front page news worldwide. Will and Kate again decided to wait on releasing his name until several days later and although bookies had pegged Albert as the top choice, the new babe’s official name was announced as Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge. Not surprisingly, since then the wee prince has not been seen in public, as he did not join the rest of the Cambridge crew at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May or the Queen’s birthday celebrations earlier this month. So, for royal enthusiasts, sights were set on Prince Louis’ christening on July 13.
Again, in keeping with tradition set by the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis was baptized at Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace. It was a private ceremony attended by the family’s closest relatives as well as Prince Louis six godparents and their spouses. The Middleton family, including Kate’s sister Pippa who recently confirmed she is pregnant with her first child, were all in attendance.
The newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex, or Harry and Meghan as they are affectionately known, were also there to support their new nephew on his big day. Still sporting that newlywed glow, the couple looked fresh and happy and Meghan no doubt sent fashion bloggers into overdrive with her gorgeous olive coloured dress and matching hat.
Prince Charles and Camilla were also on hand for the day, and actually entered the Chapel first, yet surprisingly the Queen was not there.
Of course the family everyone was waiting for were the Cambridge’s themselves, and the adorable party of five didn’t disappoint. Kate led the way, absolutely beaming with new mother’s pride, cradling little prince Louis in her arms. She wore a beautiful white Alexander McQueen dress and a matching white fascinator that is one of this writer’s favourite headpieces ever worn by Kate.
A Royal Replica
Prince Louis was draped in a christening robe that is quite familiar to the royal watching public. Not only was it worn by Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the robe, made of fine Honiton lace, is actually a hand made replica (by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelley) of the christening robe commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 for the christening of her eldest daughter.
Proud Dad Prince William followed close behind with George and Charlotte holding tightly to each of his hands. George, now five, and Charlotte three, were in the same formal attire they always wear; a blue dress and matching blue Mary Jane shoes for Charlotte and shorts with a white button down shirt for George. The pint-sized Princess, who made media waves with her adorable waves to the press as she went with Dad and older brother to meet little Louis at the hospital back in April, seemed a little less pleased with the press on this occasion. When leaving the chapel after the service, still holding to Prince William’s hand, Charlotte appeared to mouth “you’re not coming” as she faced the cameras!
The event Charlotte was not inviting the press to was the private tea at Clarence House following the ceremony. This is where the official christening portraits were taken, a handful of which were released to the public a couple days later. These portraits definitely came with quite a few things to talk about. As the Queen was unable to attend the day, she was also absent from the photographs, making it the first time she has ever not been pictured in a christening photo for an heir to the throne.
The Duchess of Sussex also made for some firsts with her presence in the photographs. Meghan is the first person of colour to ever be featured in a royal christening photo. Also, she is linked tightly into Prince Harry’s arm, which is definitely off the beaten track when it comes to royals, who keep any physical touch at a bare minimum, if at all, in public.
In the photograph where the Middleton family was featured, the first hint of Pippa’s baby belly was also visible!
A Mother’s Joy
To the world’s delight, the family decided to release two additional photographs the next day, which are refreshingly candid and are nothing short of picture perfect. Both photos feature Kate and Louis outside in the Clarence House gardens. In one of the additional photos, the Duchess is seen gazing lovingly at little Louis, but the second one takes the cake, which in this case was a tier of Will and Kate’s wedding fruit cake which was served to friends and family at the tea! In this photo, Prince Louis is wide eyed and smiling as he and Mummy both look at something off camera.
Kate has been quoted saying her newest bundle of joy is ‘peaceful’ and ‘calm’ and that sentiment is certainly present in these sweet pictures! It’s the first photo which gives the public a true idea of what Louis really looks like, and we say he bears a striking resemblance to his royal mom! Along with the photo Kensington Palace tweeted, “The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph as much as they do.”
The christening was a beautiful and positive day for the family no doubt, especially amidst a recent terrifying scandal which resulted in the arrest of a London area man who was discovered to be encouraging a terrorist attack against Prince George at his school.
It’s good to see our favourite Royals in fine form and we suspect it won’t be long before news of a another baby, for Harry and Meghan, comes our way! Welcome to the family, lovely little Louis!