The royal family which includes the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke ad Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, arrived minutes ago at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace in London, for the christening of 11-week-old son Prince Louis.
Prince Louis was asleep in his mother’s arm when the royal family arrived. While Kate was elegant in a cream suit dress from Alexander McQueen (her wedding dress designer!) and a matching headpiece from Jane Taylor, Prince William held the hands of their other children as Princess Charlotte looked slightly quizzical at the Archbishop who bent down to welcome her.
Like his siblings, Louis’ christening will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, who christened George in October 2013 and Charlotte in July 2015 — and most recently officiated Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.
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Meghan Markle on the other hand, chose an olive green dress by Ralph Lauren for the occasion. The entire Middleton family was there, including Pippa, who wore a baby blue dress. The royal parents chose two hymns for the ceremony: O Jesus, I Have Promised and Lord of All Hopefulness. Godparents Lucy Middleton and Guy Pelly will each do a reading.
Will and Kate also chose the anthems, “This is the day which the Lord hath made (John Rutter)” and “Suo Gân,” a traditional Welsh Lullaby (Gareth Wilson), which will be performed by The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal.
The first anthem, “This is the day which the Lord hath made” was composed for the couple’s wedding in 2011.
The processional organ music will be R. Vaughan Williams’ Prelude on Rhosymedre, which was also played at their wedding and the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
William and Kate welcomed their third child on April 23. Just days later, they revealed his name, Prince Louis Arthur Charles, which is a nod to family members. Not only is it one of his dad’s middle names, it’s also a nod to Louis Mountbatten, Prince Louis’s great-grandpa Prince Philip’s uncle, who was a father figure for Charles and was assassinated in 1979. Arthur is one of William and Charles’s middle names, while Charles, of course, is his grandpa’s name.