gor­geous pho­tos of lit­tle Prince Louis

The 11-week-old fifth in line to the throne ar­rived at his bap­tism fast asleep in his mother’s arms, Juliet Rieden re­ports.

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In a quiet, el­e­gant gath­er­ing of fam­ily and friends, the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge looked in­cred­i­bly proud to be bap­tis­ing their 11-week-old son Prince Louis at The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. The his­toric chapel, built in the 1530s, is where Prince Ge­orge was chris­tened and also where Queen Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert were mar­ried, so is packed with royal sig­nif­i­cance. As she car­ried her sec­ond son into the chapel,

The Duchess of Cam­bridge, 36, de­scribed Louis as “very re­laxed and peace­ful”, jok­ing with the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, the Most Rev­erend Justin Welby, “I hope he stays like this.”

Louis was sur­rounded by those he is likely to know very well through­out his life – his grand­par­ents The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Corn­wall and Michael and Ca­role Mid­dle­ton, his un­cles and aunts the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, James and Pippa Mid­dle­ton, and of course his brother and sis­ter Prince Ge­orge and The sleep­ing Prince

Princess Char­lotte, both hold­ing on to their fa­ther’s hands tightly. It was the first time we have seen the Cam­bridge five in pub­lic.

Prince Harry’s new wife, the Duchess of Sus­sex, looked de­lighted to be at­tend­ing her first royal christening. Meghan wore her hair back in a long pony­tail and a chic olive Ralph Lau­ren dress with match­ing hat by Stephen Jones. Kate was in white, a dress by her favourite de­sign house Alexander McQueen with a head­dress by Jane Tay­lor.

A spokesper­son from Buck­ing­ham Palace said the de­ci­sion for The Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh not to at­tend was made some time ago; Her Majesty, 92, no doubt sav­ing her strength for an in­cred­i­bly busy week ahead in­clud­ing the cen­te­nary of the Royal Air Force and a much her­alded visit from US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

In keep­ing with tra­di­tion, Louis wore the same lace and satin christening robe that Princess Char­lotte and Prince Ge­orge had donned on their spe­cial day – a replica of the royal christening robe orig­i­nally worn by Queen Vic­to­ria’s el­dest daugh­ter Vic­to­ria. The orig­i­nal was worn by Queen El­iz­a­beth II, her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren but is now too del­i­cate to use, so this one was cre­ated by the Queen’s dress­maker An­gela Kelly. Also fol­low­ing tra­di­tion, Prince Louis was anointed from the Lily Font with water from the River Jor­dan.

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge led their guests back to a pri­vate tea at Clarence House, home of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Corn­wall. Princess Char­lotte looked es­pe­cially pleased hold­ing her or­der of ser­vice as she emerged from the chapel. Guests were served slices of christening cake – a tier from The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge’s 2011 wed­ding cake.

Prince Louis was anointed from the Lily Font with water from the River Jor­dan.

The first pub­lic out­ing of the Cam­bridge five was a joy­ous meet­ing of fam­ily and friends.

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