A Fifth Gorgeous Picture of Prince Louis’ Christening

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just released an additional photograph from prince Louis’ christening, which was held last week at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace. The picture features the Duchess of Cambridge holding a laughing prince Louis in the gardens of Clarence House. Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do.’

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The Duke and Duchess asked Matt Porteous to take pictures at the christening for their private photo album, next to the more official and formal photographs taken by Matt Holyoak. The Duke and Duchess liked this photograph so much that they decided to release it to the public.

Matt Porteous is a Jersey-based photographer who has worked with the Cambridges before. He was the photographer of Prince George’s third birthday portraits. He specialises in sports, travel and wedding photography, for which he has won UK awards. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge obviously liked the shots he took of prince George in 2016 so much that they decided to ask him to document the christening privately for them.

Yesterday night, Kensington Palace released four official photographs, taken by Matt Holyoak. The photo from today gives us a total of five pictures from the christening, the same amount as was seen with prince George. Princess Charlotte’s christening saw a release of four pictures. However, a sixth photograph of prince George’s christening emerged last year through a company that edited the photographs, and we saw a fifth shot of princess Charlotte’s christening being released at prince George’s second birthday, and a sixth shot being released by the photographer, Mario Testino, when the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday in 2016. We saw a seventh photograph of prince George’s christening on the prince of Wales’ desk in a video message. To conclude: it is absolutely not unlikely that we will see more pictures of the christening emerge through other channels than KP in the years to come.

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Prince Louis’ Official Christening Photographs

Kensington Palace has just released prince Louis’ official christening photographs. The photos were taken following his christening on Monday. They were taken by portrait photographer Matt Holyoak at Clarence House. Mr. Holyoak is famous for photographing the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh last year to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

The first photograph was the shot we were all waiting for: the first picture of the Cambridge family as a family of five.

The second photograph shows both families with the Cambridges in the Morning Room of Clarence House. Both the Duchess of Sussex and James Matthews, Pippa’s husband, made their official royal christening photograph debut. Even though the Queen and prince Phillip were absent for this christening, we still had as many members of the family on the photographs.

From left to right, top row: The Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Ms. Carole Middleton, Mr. Michael Middleton, Ms. Pippa Matthews (née Middleton), Mr. James Matthews, Mr. James Middleton. Bottom row: Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge holding Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte.

The third photograph shows the members of the extended Wales family attending the Christening. It is the first official photograph we see of the Prince of Wales, his wife, his sons and their respective wives, and the grandchildren. It’s a gorgeous family. The monarchy’s future is looking bright!

The last photograph was taken in the Clarence House gardens and show the Duchess of Cambridge with her son. According to many, it is the most gorgeous picture of the series and I absolutely agree with that. It definitely shows a mother’s love for her child in every way. Mr. Holyoak did a great job in capturing this.

Matt Holyoak said: “I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event. Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure.”

For prince George’s christening, five photographs were released after the christening, while princess Charlotte’s christening saw a set of four pictures being released. With both christenings, we respectively saw a sixth for George, and a fifth and sixth picture for Charlotte emerge later through other channels (including the photograph being released by Kensington Palace for George’s third birthday). Other pictures were taken but were kept private, as we saw when an unseen seventh photograph appear on the prince of Wales’ desk in a video message. To conclude, it is certainly a possiblity that we’ll see some more photos from this shoot appear in the next few years.

It is thought that the Duke and Duchess and their family will now return to Amner Hall to celebrate the summer holiday. It is also possible they’ll travel abroad for a bit of family fun together. The Duke and Duchess are expected to get back to royal engagements early September, when prince George’s and princess Charlotte’s school starts again too. The Duchess’ maternity leave is thought to be ending in September. Because of this, we might have to wait over 6 weeks until we’ll see the Duchess again, with the kids being away from the limelight even longer. The Duke, however, is expected in France in early August for a WW1 commemoration.

Pictures: ©Matt Holyoak/Camera Press via Kensington Palace

Prince Louis’ Christening

Prince Louis of Cambridge was christened at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, this afternoon. It was the first time we saw the little prince since two photographs were released shortly after his birth on April 23. It also marked the first time the Cambridges were publicly  seen together as a family of five. Prince Louis, now eleven weeks old, was carried by his mother on arrival and appeared to be fast asleep.

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Before the Royals arrived, we saw the arrival of the godparents and their spouses, and the Middleton family. Carole wore a blue dress by Suzannah and a hat by Juliette Boterill. Pippa, who is pregnant with her first child, wore a dress by Alessandra Rich. The Duchess’ brother, James Middleton, was accompanied by godparent Lady Laura Meade.

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LIVEBLOG: Prince Louis’ Christening

We will have live updates during the entire afternoon and night on the latest news surrounding the christening of Prince Louis. Later tonight, we will have a special blog post with the best pictures and a summary of the day. 

Headlines

  • The christening will start at St. James’ Palace at 16:00hrs GMT. We can expect to see the guests and the Cambridge family arrive shortly before that. It is possible that the arrivals will be streamed live here. The service itself will be private and will approximately last 45 minutes.
  • The Middleton Family and the Godparents have arrived at the christening. 
  • The Duke and Duchess have chosen two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening of their son. More details can be read here.
  • The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing Alexander McQueen and a hat by Jane Taylor. These are the same designers as she choose for the christenings for her other two children.
  • At arrival, the Duchess carried a sleeping prince Louis. The Duke looked after the other two children. It is the first time they’re seen as a family of five. 
  • The family and guests are now having tea and cake at Clarence House. That is where the official christening photographs will be taken.
  • Read all details on the christening that were announced by Kensington Palace this morning in this special blog post.

Liveblog

  • 16:45hrs: The Christening service has now ended. The Cambridges have just left the Chapel for Clarence House, where tea and a trier from their wedding cake will be served. The official photographs will also be taken.
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  • 16:41hrs: A Family of Five
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Prince Louis’ godparents & more christening details

Prince Louis will be christened today  at the Chapel Royal, St. James’ Palace in London. The young Prince will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury.

The christening service will start at 16:00hrs GMT. It will approximately last 45 minutes. The christening service itself is private. However, the arrivals and departures can be filmed and photographed by a select group of photographers.

In attendance, next to the Cambridge family, will be close family and the godparents (with their spouses). This will include the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Middleton Family. Notably, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be absent. According to reporters, the decision was not made on health grounds, and it is understood to have been mutually agreed by the Queen and the Cambridges some time ago.

Prince Louis will wear the handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by Angela Kelly, Dressmaker to The Queen. The original Royal Christening Robe was replaced by this replica in the early 2000s because the original (made in 1841 and worn by all Royal babies at their christening since) had been decided upon as too fragile to use anymore. James, the son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, was the first to wear it. The Lily Font (a silver baptismal font which was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 after the birth of their first child) and water from the River Jordan will be used during the baptism. 

Following the service, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give a private tea at Clarence House. Guests will be served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake, which was designed by Fiona Cairns. A trier was also served at the tea after prince George’s and princess Charlotte’s christenings. The Duke and Duchess saved a total of three triers of their eight-trier wedding cake.

Prince Louis, born on Monday 23 April, is 2,5 months old at his christening today. It takes place 77 days after his birth. He will be christened in the same chapel as his brother, prince George, on Wednesday 23 October 2013 (93 days after his birth). His sister, princess Charlotte, was christened at  at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Sunday 5 July 2015 (64 days after her birth).

As we saw with prince George and princess Charlotte, he Duke and Duchess again picked a mix of family friends and relatives to serve as godparents for their son. A list of the six godparents: 

  • Mr. Nicholas van Cutsem (a friend of the Duke, brother of William van Cutsem, who is a godparent to prince George)
  • Mr. Guy Pelly (a friend of the Duke)
  • Mr. Harry Aubrey-Fletcher (a friend of the Duke)
  • The Lady Laura Meade (a friend of the family and the wife of James Meade, who is godparent to princess Charlotte)
  • Mrs. Robert Carter (a friend of the Duchess, née Hannah Gillingham)
  • Miss Lucy Middleton (the Duchess’ paternal cousin)

In comparison, prince George has seven godparents. His parents choose Zara Tindall-Phillips (Prince William’s paternal cousin), The Hon. Julie Samuels (a friend of the late Princess Diana), Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (former private secretary and mentor to the Duke and Duchess), William van Cutsem, Hugh Grosvenor, Oliver Baker and Emilia Jardine-Paterson (all four are family friends).  Unlike her brother, Princess Charlotte ‘only’ has five godparents. Her parents choose Adam Middleton (the Duchess’ paternal cousin), The Hon. Laura Fellowes (Prince William’s maternal cousin), Thomas van Straubenzee, James Meade, and Sophie Carter (all three are family friends).

A few days after the christening, the official christening photographs will be released. This will include a picture of the family of five, a picture of the parents (or either one of them) with the baby prince and a picture with both sides of the family (the Royals and the Middleton Family). For prince George’s christening, five photographs were released after the christening, while princess Charlotte’s christening saw a set of four pictures being released. With both christenings, we respectively saw a sixth for George, and a fifth and sixth picture for Charlotte emerge later through other channels. Other pictures were taken but were kept private, as we saw when an unseen seventh photograph appear on the prince of Wales’ desk in a video message. The pictures will be taken after the service today by portrait photographer Matt Holyoak. Last year he photographed the Queen and the Duke Edinburgh to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

Editor’s note: We will have a live blog at the time of the christening, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be able to edit it for the arrivals at 16:00hrs GMT. However, everything will be covered afterwards in a full blog post.