Prince Louis Christened in Front of Family and Friends in Intimate Royal Ceremony

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Prince Louis of Cambridge was christened Monday before members of the royal family and close friends of the family. 

The 11-week-old baby, who is fifth in line to the throne, was baptized while wearing the historic Honiton lace and white satin gown first worn by James, Viscount Severn, at his christening in 2008. 

The gown is a replica of the baptismal outfit first worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter and passed down for all royal baptisms until Lady Louise Windsor’s christening in 2004.

Prince Louis was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, in the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace.

“I’m delighted and privileged to be christening Prince Louis today — a precious child made in God’s image, just as we all are,” the Archbishop tweeted Monday. “Please join me in praying for him and his family on this special day.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked six people to act as godparents for Prince Louis. The three godfathers and three godmothers are all childhood friends and relatives.

They were all part of the intimate religious ceremony that lasted about 40 minutes. 

Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, were also present. The christening marks the first time Prince William and Kate Middleton will be seen with Prince Louis and their two oldest children as a family of five.

Middleton's sister, Pippa Middleton, attended the ceremony, as did her brother James Middleton. Prince William's father and step-mother, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, were also present, as were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Markle was also baptized by the Archbishop ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were unable to attend the baptism due to scheduling conflicts. 


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