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Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

What really happened at Prince Louis' Royal Christening

What really happened at Prince Louis' Royal Christening

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.

Proud mother Kate, 36, gazed adoringly at her 11-week-old son as she left intimate service at Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, London, alongside a select group of family and close friends.

But one shock absence, revealed this morning, was the Queen who pulled out of the event with husband Prince Philip.

Louis will wear the replica of the royal christening robe, first used in 2008.

Traditionally, royal christenings usually occur in Buckingham Palace, but for Prince Louis the royal parents chose St James's Palace in London.

The list includes Nicholas van Cutsem, former Etonian Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and Lady Laura Meade, who is the wife of royal wedding speech-maker James Meade.

Harry attended the christening alongside his wife, Meghan Markle.

And as TIME noted, Mrs. Meade is also a cousin of Prince William's stepmother, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, though several times removed. Prince William was by Kate's side, supportive as ever.

The first anthem, "This is the day which the Lord hath made" was composed for Prince William and Middleton's royal wedding in 2011.

The princess Charlotte, who has a surprising point in common with the princes George and Louis, and it continues to be noticed.

After telling the photographers that they were not coming with the royal family to Prince Louis' christening, she continued to give them a stare-down as she walked away. The pair are reportedly very close and even spent their gap year together in Florence, according to the Daily Mail.

Prince Louis sleeps through his royal christening.

The six godparents and their spouses were also due to attend.

Louis was born on April 24 - St. George's Day, England's national day - at St Mary's Hospital in central London weighing eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes).

The imitation has since been worn by Mike and Zara Tindall's eldest daughter Mia, Savannah and Isla Phillips and Lord Frederick Windsor's daughter Maud.

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