It's his service and he'll sleep if he wants to
Prince Louis dozes through the frills and the fuss of his christening, as Cambridge family appears as a unit for the first time
Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their parents for the christening of their baby brother Prince Louis, as the Cambridge family of five was photographed together for the first time on Monday afternoon.
The two children clutched their father’s hands happily as they arrived for Louis’ big day, the Duke telling them “well done” for shaking hands with the Dean of the Chapel Royal.The Duchess of Cambridge held a sleeping Prince Louis, wearing the same christening robe as his brother and sister had used, in her arms, while the Archbishop of Canterbury greeted the family.
She said the baby prince was “very relaxed and peaceful”, joking: “I hope he stays like this.”Prince Louis’s godparents and the Middleton family arrived first at St James’ Palace for his christening, photographed walking two by two into the small chapel.
Pippa Middleton, who is pregnant, was accompanied by her husband James Matthews, as grandmother Carole Middleton smiled broadly for the cameras.
They were followed by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hand in hand behind them.Readings were given by Lucy Middleton, who read . Mark 10:13-16, and Guy Pelly, who took Ephesians 3: 14-19.
The hymns were O Jesus, I Have Promised and Lord of All Hopefulness, along with anthems This is the day which the Lord hath made and Suo Gân, a traditional Welsh lullaby.The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress by McQueen and hat by Jane Taylor, while the Duchess of Sussex wore Ralph Lauren.
The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal performed This is the day which the Lord hath made, which was composed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011.
After the 40-minute service, the small party re-emerged, the Duchess of Cornwall fanning herself to relieve the stifling heat.
Princess Charlotte clutched an order of service as a souvenir of the day, before the family headed back to the palace for tea and a slice of fruit cake saved from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh missed the christening, as confirmed by Buckingham Palace in the morning.
The decision is understood not to have been taken on health grounds, and to have been mutually agreed by the Queen and the Cambridges some time ago.
The Queen, 92, has a busy week ahead, travelling back from Sandringham on Monday to embark on the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday, and a visit by President Donald Trump in Windsor on Friday.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, has retired from public duties and has been enjoying his free time away from London.Prince Louis’ six godparents were announced as: Nicholas van Cutsem; Guy Pelly; Harry Aubrey-Fletcher; The Lady Laura Meade; Mrs Robert Carter; and Miss Lucy Middleton.
The baby prince – Louis Arthur Charles – was born in the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on April 23 – St George’s Day – weighing 3,8kg.
He was welcomed into the Christian faith dressed in the same frilly, cream gown used for George and Charlotte.
The robe is a replica of the intricate lace and satin dress made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, in 1841.George was also christened in the Chapel Royal, but Charlotte was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.
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