William and Kate’s third child, Prince Louis, christened

Lewis Collier
July 10, 2018

I don't know why, don't ask me, but whatever the British royal family does, I gaze upon with great interest. Once the ceremony is complete, guests will attend a private reception at nearby Clarence House where they will be served cake taken from a tier of William and Kate's wedding cake. It is understood to have been mutually agreed by the Queen and the Cambridges some time ago.

Louis' great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, were unable to attend the christening.

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 92-year-old monarch has a busy week ahead, marked by a visit from US President Donald Trump in Windsor on Friday.

Prince Louis sleeps through his royal christening. Those in attendance included Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex; Carole and Michael Middleton; Prince George and Princess Charlotte, James Middleton, Pippa Middleton and her husband, James Matthews. Picture: AAPGuy Pelly has been announced as one of six godparents of Prince Louis.

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Louis' brother, Prince George was baptised at the very same church at St James Palace, the Chapel Royal in 2003 while Princess Charlotte was christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in 2015, the same church as Princess Diana.

Eleven-week-old Louis was dressed in the cream, frilly lace royal christening gown, a replica of the intricate robe made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841. The original is now too delicate to be worn, so a copy has been made by the Queen's dresser Angela Kelly.

According to Britain's The Sun, Harry shelled out £8,000 - more than $10,000 - for a first-edition copy of "Winnie-The-Pooh" by A.A. Milne for brother Prince William's third child.

The cake's garlands around the middle were chosen to match the details of the room where it was displayed for the wedding, the Picture Gallery in Buckingham Palace.

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