Prince Louis of Cambridge was christened on Monday, 9 July 2018, in a private ceremony in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, London.

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However, it appeared the little prince slept through the whole service.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, christened Prince Louis with water from the River Jordan from the Lily Font.

‘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,’ Justin Welby said.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert commissioned the Lily Font, made of silver for their first child, Victoria the Princess Royal’s christening in 1841.

It has been used at every royal christening ever since, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

Prince Louis wore the handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe made by Dressmaker to the Queen Angela Kelly, to preserve the original, first worn by Princess Victoria in 1841.

The replica was first worn by James Viscount Severn at his christening at Windsor Castle on 19 April 2008 and has been worn by members of the royal family ever since, including Prince Louis’ older siblings, George and Charlotte.

The godparents and the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole and Michael, sister Pippa and her husband James Matthews and brother James Middleton arrived at the Chapel, followed by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived with their three children, followed by the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Prince Louis was asleep as the Duchess carried him into the chapel, as Prince William held his eldest son and daughter’s hands

However, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh were not present, following what was said to be a busy week in Scotland.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen some close friends and a cousin as godparents.

  • Mr Nicholas van Cutsem
  • Mr Guy Pelly
  • Mr Harry Aubrey-Fletcher
  • The Lady Laura Meade
  • Mrs Robert Carter
  • Miss Lucy Middleton

After the service, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children left the chapel with Princess Charlotte tucking a service sheet under her arm as a souvenir.

William and Kate hosted a private tea at Clarence House where slices of christening cake, which is a tier from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake from 2011.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked Matt Holyoke to be the official photographer following the service at Clarence House.

This is the second time Matt Holyoak has been the official photographer at royal events.

In 2017, Matt Holyoak photographed Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to mark their 70th Wedding Anniversary.

Buckingham Palace has released some commemorative china marking Prince Louis’ birth on 23 April 2018.

Official commemorative chinaware to celebrate the birth of Prince Louis. Photo: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2108

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