Prince Louis christening REVEALED: Service held at same church as George but NOT Charlotte
Prince Louis, Kate and Prince William’s third child, will be christened on July 9 at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
The royal baby will be christened at the same church where his older brother, Prince George, was christened.
The palace statement said: “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce that the christening of Prince Louis will take place on Monday July 9 at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, London.
“Prince Louis will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.”
Kensington Palace told Express.co.uk that Kate and William’s decision to christen Prince Louis at the royal chapel was “personal prefrence”.
Kate and Prince William’s eight-week old son has not been seen in public since he was introduced to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing on April 23, when he was born weighing 8lb 7oz.
The newborn prince did not make an appearance at Trooping the Colour to mark his great-grandmother the Queen’s official birthday or uncle Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding just a month after he was born.
So royal fans will be treated to a second glimpse of Prince Louis when he is christened, just like baby Prince George and Princess Charlotte after they were both born.
In keeping with royal tradition Prince Louis will be christened when he is three-months-old.
Prince George’s christening took place just three months after he was born, while Kate and William christened their first daughter Princess Charlotte just over two months after her birth.
The christening of Prince Louis will take place on Monday July 9
Four-year-old George was also christened at the Chapel Royal, which is said to be a special place for parents, Kate and William.
It is where Kate received communion before her Royal Wedding back in April 2011 and where the coffin of William’s late mother Princess Diana lay before her funeral in 1997.
However Charlotte was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, where Princess Diana was also christened in 1961.
Both children had small and intimate christenings, with around 20 to 30 guests in attendance.
Royal expert, Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk that the choice showed Prince William’s desire to have an “enduring link” to his late mother, Princess Diana.
He said: “This is a very personal decision.
“Diana’s body rested in the Chapel Royal before the altar for a week after she died.
“As with George who was also christened at the Chapel Royal and Charlotte who was christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene where Diana was christened there is an enduring link with the mother William so adored and who is his and Harry’s inspiration.”
Guests expected to attend are Prince Louis great-grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, grandad Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are also expected to attend.
And on Kate’s side, parents Carole and Michael Middleton will be joined by pregnant sister Pippa Middleton and brother James.
Duchess Kate, 37, is said to be enjoying a longer maternity leave after feeling like she went back to work too quickly with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
But she took a break from maternity to enjoy Meghan and Harry’s wedding just three months after the birth of her son, and to attend the Queen’s official birthday celebrations at Trooping the Colour.
Kate has also been spotted enjoying some down time with her children, George and Charlotte in Gloucesterhsire where her husband Prince William was competing in a polo competition.
Louis fifth in line to the throne and a great-grandchild of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The christening will mark another major family event in the royal calendar just months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Royal Wedding in May.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK