LIVE Prince Louis christening: Kate and Wills name godparents, Charlotte and George attend

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Prince Louis christening LIVE: Kate and Wills name godparents, Charlotte and George attend

Prince Louis will be christened this afternoon in Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace at 4pm, with The Cambridge’s expected to be seen in public for the first time together since Prince William’s polo match in June.

Kate has arrived with Prince Louis for the royal baby's christening Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE TWITTER
Kate has arrived with Prince Louis for the royal baby’s christening Photo (C) KENSINGTON PALACE TWITTER

Kensington palace confirmed the details of the ceremony on Monday morning, which will see her third child, Prince Louis, christened according to the law of the Church of England.

He was born in London on April 22, 2018.

The baby prince will wear a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by the Queen’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly.

The original robe was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Royal.

The ceremony takes place at the Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace and will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.

Mr Welby led the baptism service of Meghan Markle in March and told Hello! Magazine that he was held to secrecy.: Almost nothing at all! Except it was very special. It was beautiful, sincere and very moving. It was a great privilege.”

The Archbishop led the christening of Prince George in 2013, and the service was attended by senior royals, four members of the Middleton family, the seven godparents and their spouses among the 22 guests.

He also led the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s fairytale wedding on May 19 in Windsor.

Kensington Palace revealed Louis’ godparents on Monday, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having asked six close friends and family to be godparents to the fifth-in –line to the throne.

The confirmed godparents include Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Robert Carter and Lucy Middleton.

Speaking on Twitter on Monday morning, Mr Welby said: “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.”

The service will take place at 4pm and is expected to be a low key and private ceremony, much like George’s ceremony five years ago.

Pippa Middleton leaves to go to Prince Louis's christening Photo (C) WIREIMAGE
Pippa Middleton leaves to go to Prince Louis’s christening Photo (C) WIREIMAGE

“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.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be attending the ceremony, as will Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton, Pippa Matthews and her husband James Matthews and James Middleton.

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will also be attending.

But Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will miss the christening,

James Middleton arrives for the christening of Prince Louis Photo (C) EXPRESS
James Middleton arrives for the christening of Prince Louis Photo (C) EXPRESS

It is thought her abcense Is due to a busy schedule for the week ahead, with high-profile celebrations in central London marking the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday, and the controversial visit by US President Donald Trump in Windsor on Friday.

Meanwhile, The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, retired from public duties and has been enjoying his free time away from London, seen enjoying a carriage ride around the grounds of Windsor Castle last month.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK