It’s been nearly two months since little Prince Louis was born – one of the most exciting times for royal watchers, who waited eagerly to catch a glimpse of the royal baby and his parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate, on the steps of the Lindo Wing. Up next on Louis’ royal roster of events is his christening, which will see the Cambridges and their Royal Family out in full force to celebrate their new member. In anticipation of seeing the family of five out together for the first time ever, here are all of the known details of Prince Louis’ christening, from the venue to the outfit!
The significance for the Queen
Her Majesty is a regular fixture at British royal christenings, so she's no doubt elated about Prince Louis' upcoming ceremony. But the date, July 9, holds an even greater significance to her – it's the same date she and Prince Philip announced their engagement in 1947, exactly 71 years ago. They were privately engaged for nearly a year before taking their beautiful relationship public with the most adorable photos taken at Buckingham Palace.
When it comes to the timing of Prince Louis' christening, his royal parents have broken with tradition. Unlike Prince George and Princess Charlotteearly morning christening, their little brother's will take place at 4pm (British time) on July 9. The statement released by Kensington Palace read: "The service will begin at 4pm and will last approximately 40 minutes."
The beautiful day will take place at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s palace in London and will be conducted by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. This location has a special significance, too, as it is the same chapel at which Meghan Markle, the new Duchess of Sussex, had her secret baptism in the months leading up to her royal wedding to Prince Harry. It’s also the same intimate space where his sibling, George, was baptised. Princess Charlotte’s christening took place at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham.
The christening will take place on July 9, a date likely chosen because the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children are off school – George finishes a week before and Charlotte will be off for summer break. Meghan and Harry jet off to Dublin for their two-day visit the day after the christening, so it’s also perfect timing for the newlyweds. It also doesn’t hurt that soccer fanatic William won’t have to miss a World Cup game, as that’s one of the days the players get to enjoy a much-deserved rest!
Members of the Royal Family will gather at the chapel to celebrate the christening of their youngest member, Louis. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and newlyweds Meghan and Harry are expected to attend. It’s also likely that Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will make an appearance, along with Charles’ wife, Camilla. It will be a small gathering similar to George’s christening, to which only 22 guests were invited.
Prince Louis, like his royal siblings, will wear a christening outfit steeped in history – a replica of the gown made for Queen Victoria’s daughter back in 1841. The original, made of Honiton lace and white satin, was used up until 2004 but is now too delicate to be worn.
Guests can expect to chow down on a slice of William and Kate’s wedding cake, which was a fruit cake envisioned by Fiona Cairns. Certain parts of their eight-layer confection were reserved for the christenings of their children, an age-old royal tradition.