Unlike at the christenings of big siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the Queen and Prince Philip won't be in attendance at Prince Louis' baptism. And while the monarch missed an event on June 28 due to a summer cold, the couples' absence on Monday (July 9) has nothing to do with health concerns and is understood to have been previously discussed with Prince William and Kate. Rather, the pair will be in transit as they head back from Sandringham, Norfolk in preparation for a busy week of official engagements. The news was revealed just hours before the Royal Family will gather at St. James's Palace to celebrate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child.
Her Majesty was out in full force last week as she celebrated Holyrood Week in Edinburgh, capped off in full regalia alongside Prince William at the Order of the Thistle on July 6. This week the 92-year-old will be on hand alongside her family as they celebrate the highly anticipated RAF centenary on Tuesday followed by hosting duties on Friday as US President Donald Trump visits Windsor. At 97, the Duke of Edinburgh is enjoying his leisure time after retiring from official duties.
In addition to his great-grandparents not being present, Prince Louis' christening will differ from those of his siblings in a few other ways. While the Royal Chapel at St. James's Palace was the locale of Prince George's big day, Princess Charlotte was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham - where Princess Diana was christened. Prince William and Kate's third child's christening will pay tribute to his late mother in a different way, as they Chapel Royal is where her coffin stood ahead of her funeral so the family could pay their respects.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will perform the ceremony on the fifth-in-line to the throne. It will be the first time that the Cambridges have been seen as a family of five, with four-year-old Prince George and three-year-old Princess Charlotte in attendance - under the watchful gaze of their nanny, Maria Teresa Borrallo. Prince Louis will have a number of special people looking out for him today and throughout his life, as his godparents were announced: Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, The Lady Laura Meade, Mrs Robert Carter and Miss Lucy Middleton.
Following the service, Matt Holyoak will photograph the family at Clarence House. He previously captured the Queen and Prince Philip in celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary, and this will mark Prince William and Kate's first official photos with their three children.