Prince Louis' christening: how did the celebration go

Prince Louis' christening: how did the celebration go

24.05.2022 0 By admin

Christening of Prince Louis

Unlike past ceremonies – the baptism of Prince George and Princess Charlotte – the sacrament with the participation of baby Louis took place in a narrow circle, only “for his own.” Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided not to invite a large number of guests, as a Kensington Palace spokesman previously said, asking them to respect the “boundaries” of the royal family and not violate confidentiality.

The godparents of His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge , who was born on April 23, were: Nicholas van Kutz and Guy Pelley – friends of Prince William, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher – family friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Laura Meade – wife of James Meade, close friend of Prince William, Mrs. Robert Carter – the wife of Kate’s friend from Marlborough College, Miss Lucy Middleton – cousin of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The ceremony began at 4:00 pm local time and ended in about 40 minutes. The baby was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who admitted that he was excited by the ceremony. Baby Louis slept in his mother’s arms, so when entering the chapel, Kate Middleton greeted the archbishop in almost a whisper.

At the baptism ceremony of Prince Louis, two hymns and a couple of texts from the Bible were played. They were read by the baby’s godparents Lucy Middleton and Guy Pelly . As it turned out, one of the hymns that sounded “This is the day that the Lord made” was previously performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – on their wedding day on April 29, 2011.

Prince Louis, in the age-old tradition of the royal family, wore a christening gown designed in 1841 by Scotswoman Janet Sutherland , commissioned by Queen Victoria for her first child, Princess Victoria .

The youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was wearing a replica christening gown, as the original was not in the best condition – too many years had passed since its first appearance in public. And this despite the fact that the shirt was washed by hand and only in spring water.

Prince Louis was baptized in a font that is 170 years old. It was made for Princess Victoria’s christening by EJ & W Barnard. Since then, almost all the babies of the reigning dynasty were baptized in a gilded font made of silver.

The edge of the corrugated bowl is framed with ornate patterns of flowers, buds and foliage. The base is decorated with three angels with lyres in their hands. The font was specially delivered to the Royal Chapel of St. James’s Palace on the eve of the christening of Prince Louis. During the ceremony, water from the Jordan River was used.

The ceremony was attended by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall , Prince Harry and Meghan Markle , parents of Kate Middleton – Michael and Carol Middleton , Pippa Middleton with her husband James Matthews , married couples of godparents of Prince Louis. The care of the younger representatives of the dynasty – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – was entrusted to their permanent nanny Maria Borallo.

Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were forced to miss the solemn event. This is due to a busy schedule last week, as well as preparations for the parade dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force of Great Britain (RAF) and a meeting with US President Donald Trump .

It is symbolic that the christening ceremony of Prince Louis took place on a significant day for the royal family: on July 9, 1947, there was an announcement of the engagement of Elizabeth II, then a princess, with Philip Mountbatten, now Prince Philip.

Kate Middleton was in the traditional pastel colors for this ceremony, however, as well as during the christening of older children. The Duchess wore a creamy Alexander McQueen gown. Of particular note is the original Duchess hat by Jane Taylory, embroidered with pearls and decorated with white flowers.

Prince George was charming in a classic suit – black shorts and a white shirt trimmed with a dark border. And Princess Charlotte is in a white and blue dress. The highlight of the image of the girl was puffy sleeves with ruffles and a collar. A bright accessory that adorned the hair of the only daughter of Prince William and Kate Middton was a blue headband.

Meghan Markle stood out against the background of the ladies of the royal family and guests. The wife of Prince Harry chose an olive-colored dress from Ralph Lauren for the christening ceremony. The hat of the Duchess of Sussex was designed by Stephen Jones.

Pippa Middleton, who is now five months pregnant, wore a blue and white gown. Note that this image successfully emphasized her position.

According to tradition, after the christening, a tea party was held. The guests who attended the christening were invited to Clarence House.

Tea was served with another tier of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake, which was made a month before the wedding and soaked daily in rum and cognac. Thanks to this, the cake can be stored for a very long time. Recall that it was created by confectioner Fiona Kerns from 17 separate fruit cakes and consisted of eight tiers.

According to royal tradition, the newlyweds leave pieces of cake – for the birth of a child. Stored in special closed boxes. We emphasize that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left three pieces of cake after the wedding.

Note that the royal chapel in St. James’s Palace, where the sacrament of the baptism of Prince Louis took place, occupies an important place in the life of members of the dynasty. Here in 2013 Louis’ older brother, Prince George, was christened. On the eve of the wedding with Prince Harry, it was in this chapel that his bride Meghan Markle converted to the Anglican faith.

On this special day, ordinary Brits gathered to congratulate the little prince and his family:

Today, such an important day for the family of Prince William and Kate Middleton, marks the beginning of their holidays. They will take place at the couple’s London residence, as well as at Anmer Hall in Sandringham and then to Bucklebury, where Kate’s family lives.

Prince Louis’ official christening photographer Matt Holyoke . Recall that he photographed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip last year on their 70th wedding anniversary.

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