New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - COVER STORY -

The next big fam­ily event for the Queen will be the chris­ten­ing of her new great-grand­son, Prince Louis.

The youngest child of Prince Wil­liam and Cather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge is ex­pected to be bap­tised in late June or July, pos­si­bly at the church of St Mary Mag­da­lene near the Queen’s Sandringham es­tate in Nor­folk, where his big sis­ter Princess Char­lotte was chris­tened three years ago. Prince Ge­orge’s big day was held at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace in Lon­don.

Louis’ chris­ten­ing is ex­pected to be a small event, with fewer than 30 guests. In the past, Wil­liam and Kate (36) have only in­vited close fam­ily and the god­par­ents.

If Kate lets her mum, Ca­role Mid­dle­ton (63), plan the event, it could be an oc­ca­sion to re­mem­ber. Ca­role, who made mil­lions from set­ting up a party plan­ning busi­ness, has re­cently writ­ten a col­umn about chris­ten­ings. She sug­gests a party with a theme, such as Beatrix Pot­ter or Teddy Bear’s Pic­nic, which would prob­a­bly go down well with her older grand­chil­dren, Ge­orge (4) and Char­lotte (3), who are be­lieved to have a Peter Rab­bit-themed nurs­ery.

She also thinks the par­ents should have a me­mory box for their baby, in which guests can place “hand­writ­ten notes, pho­to­graphs and trin­kets” for the child to re­ceive on their 18th birth­day.

Life with their third child has been markedly dif­fer­ent for Wil­liam and Kate, who are for the first time rais­ing a new­born in­side the walls of Kens­ing­ton Palace.

The cou­ple re­lo­cated to Lon­don from their home in Nor­folk last year so they could take on more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on be­half of the Queen – and while palace in­sid­ers say the pair are more than happy to sup­port the monarch, they still yearn for the sim­pler life of the coun­try.

How­ever, Kate es­pe­cially has been go­ing to great lengths to make sure her chil­dren still have that longed-for “nor­mal” up­bring­ing, with the proud mum spot­ted with her two el­der chil­dren at the Houghton Horse Tri­als last week.

In a let­ter to a chil­dren’s hos­pice last month, Kate said, “Spend­ing qual­ity time to­gether is such an im­por­tant as­pect of fam­ily life and for me, as a mother, it is the sim­ple fam­ily mo­ments like play­ing out­side to­gether that I cher­ish.”

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