So many things that the Royal Family does are steeped in tradition and history, from wedding announcements to royal baby debuts on the steps of the Lindo Wing. On Monday (July 9), the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child Prince Louis was christened, two months after he was welcomed into the world. Of course, for such a momentous occasion, there were a number of significant and special touches that made the day even more meaningful to the family.
Both Prince George, who turns five next week, and three-year-old Princess Charlotte had already worn the christening gown that little Louis donned on his big day at their own royal christenings. The Honiton lace number is a replica of the one used by Queen Victoria's children in the 1840s, as the original became much too fragile to be worn. His beaming mom, Duchess Kate, carried her sleeping son into the chapel, while her husband, Prince William, held their older children's hands on both sides.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was on hand to baptize Prince Louis. He also christened both of his siblings – George in 2013 and Charlotte in 2015. He shared his excitement over performing the ceremony on Twitter, writing, "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." He also included a biblical passage: “You are my beloved” (Mark 1:11)
Louis' christening took place at the Chapel Royal in London's St. James's Palace, which is the same venue that little Prince George was baptized in five years ago. On a more somber historical note, the Chapel is also where Princess Diana's coffin sat after arriving from Paris and before traveling to her former home of Kensington Palace.
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen is the woman behind so many of Kate's most iconic looks. She wore Sarah's designs for her wedding day in 2011 and for many major family events, like all three of her children's christenings. For Prince Louis' baptism, the 36-year-old duchess went with a beautiful cream v-neck dress with accentuated shoulders, finishing off her look with a fashion-forward headpiece by Jane Taylor – one of her go-to milliners and the woman behind her hats at all three christenings. Kate also chose to wear cream three times as she perfectly coordinated with each baby in their beautiful christening gown. The hue also symbolizes purity, innocence, peace and faith – all perfect qualities for a baby's christening.
Though she wasn't photographed with the family like at Princess Charlotte's christening, nanny Maria Teresa Turin Barrallo was probably on hand behind the scenes wearing her official brown uniform, which has its own history. The dress and matching hat are from the exclusive Norland College in Bath, which has been training nannies for powerful families since the late 19th century.