Prince Louis christened while beaming royal family look on

Prince Louis christened

Prince Louis, the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has been christened in London.

London: Prince Louis, the third child of Britain's Prince William and wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been christened at a small, private ceremony overseen by close family but without his great-grandmother the Queen present.

Louis, the fifth in line to the British throne who was born on April 23, was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at The Chapel Royal of St James's Palace in central London.

However, the 92-year-old Queen and her husband Prince Philip were not among the guests. A royal source said it had been agreed some time ago that the Queen would not attend and her absence was not due to any health issues.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at the Chapel Royal in St ...
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at the Chapel Royal in St James' Palace. Photo: AP

Elizabeth, the world's oldest and longest-reigning living monarch, missed a special service last month because she was feeling "under the weather" but has carried out a number of public engagements since then.

The monarch was due to return to London on Monday before a busy schedule of events including a meeting with US President Donald Trump on Friday at her Windsor Castle home.

Louis was carried into the chapel by his beaming mother, wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening robe, which in 2008 replaced the original that had been worn for all royal christenings since that of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841.

Kate, dressed in an ivory dress and matching hat, and William were joined by William's father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, along with younger brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

William and Harry wore matching blue suits.

Also attending were Kate's parents, her brother and sister and Louis' six godparents, who are close friends or relatives of William and Kate.

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They include Kate's cousin Lucy Middleton, Nicholas van Cutsem, whose daughter was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Harry and Meghan in May, and Guy Pelly, a childhood friend of William's.

"I'm delighted and privileged to be christening Prince Louis today - a precious child made in God's image, just as we all are," Archbishop Justin Welby said on Twitter before the ceremony. "Please join me in praying for him and his family on this special day."

The young prince, watched on by his older brother George, four, and sister Charlotte, three, was baptised using water from the River Jordan.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George hold the hands of their father Prince William while Kate, Duchess of Cambridge ...
Princess Charlotte and Prince George hold the hands of their father Prince William while Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service. Photo: AP

Christening fashion

Meghan opted for an olive ensemble for Monday's christening of nephew Prince Louis, her first royal baptism since marrying Prince Harry.

Meghan's short-sleeved, knee-length dress continued a couple of fashion trends we've seen from her beginning with her Givenchy wedding gown: boat necks and belts.

However, the olive colour scheme and designer – reported as Ralph Lauren by fashion-tracking site Meghan's Mirror – are new for her since she became a royal. According to the site, she also wore matching Manolo Blahnik suede pumps and a hat from Stephen Jones Millinery.

Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the christening service.
Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall arrive for the christening service. Photo: AP

Kate wore a V-neck dress with puff sleeves that fashion trackers at What Kate Wore identified as being from Alexander McQueen, her go-to fashion house. But it was largely hidden behind Prince Louis' christening gown. She also wore her hair in a low chignon, topped with a white, flowered headpiece.

Princess Charlotte wore a blue, flowered dress, while brother Prince George, who turns five later this month, was outfitted in a white shirt and blue shorts.

Reuters, USA Today

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