Prince Louis’ christening in pictures – all the photos from the day

Kate and Will’s youngest child, Prince Louis, was christened on Monday, July 9 at the Chapel Royal in London.

The royal family were all at his side, bar the Queen and Prince Phillip who couldn’t attend due to "health reasons", according to Kensington Palace.

Meghan and Prince Harry attended along with Prince Charles, Pippa Middleton and Camilla.

There are no official christening photos yet, but some were taken after the service by Matt Holyoak at Clarence House. They’re expected to be released over the next few days – Princess Charlotte’s were released the Thursday after her christening.

The christening was the first public appearance the Cambridges has made as a family of five, with Prince William and Kate bringing along brother Prince George and sister Princess Charlotte.

Here are the best photos from Prince Louis’ christening as the guests arrived and left.

Our first look at Prince Louis

We got our first look at little Prince Louis who was peacefully sleeping in mum Kate’s arms as the family arrived at the Chapel Royal. She joked: "I hope he stays like this!"

Louis had been kept out of the spotlight since he was born on April 23, 11.01am at St Mary’s Hospital, London. Royal babies are usually christened two or three months after they’re born.

The Cambridges arrive

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cream Alexander McQueen dress and Jane Taylor hat as she arrived with Prince Louis in her arms. She was all smiles as she entered the chapel after greeting the Archbishop, Justin Welby.

Prince Louis wore the traditional gown, a replica of the royal gown dating back 177 years. The original was commissioned by Queen Victoria for her daughter Victoria, and was made of delicate silk and Honiton lace. The replica is made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen. After the christening of Prince Edward’s daughter Louise in 2004 it was decided that the original gown was too delicate to be worn.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George held on to dad William’s hands as they entered the chapel in matching blue outfits.

Prince Louis’ Christening guests and godparents

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaving the chapel – Meghan Markle wore an olive green Ralph Lauren dress with a matching hate and pumps. Green symbolises unconditional love.

Harry chose a navy blue suit matching the colour scheme for the day. The pair are set to attend the RAF flypast this afternoon before flying to Ireland for their royal visit.

Pippa Middleton wore a pale blue Alessandra Rich dress – she arrived with husband James Matthews, who also wore blue. Pippa is expecting her first child in autumn and her small bump was visible in her dress.

This was also the first time we’ve seen all five of the Cambridges together as a family. Kate, Will, George, Charlotte and Louis made their first appearance together as a family of five.

While the Queen and Prince Phillip couldn’t make the service Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles attended the service – they arrived before the Cambridges. As Camilla left later on she fanned herself suggesting it was a tad too warm in the chapel for her!

James Middleton, Kate’s younger brother, arrives in a navy suit.

The Middletons arrived wearing blue co-ordinated outfits to the chapel.

Guy Pelly, one of the godparents and long-term best mate to Will and Harry, arrived just before the service too.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s cousin Lucy Middleton, Hannah, godparent and schoolfriend of Kate’s with her husband Robert Carter and Harry Aubrey-Fletcher (back) were snapped arriving for the christening of Prince Louis. They were chosen as godparents along with Nicholas van Cutsem, a close friend of William and Harry. William is godfather to his daughter Grace.

Godparent Lady Laura Meade also attended with her husband, James, who went to Eton with William. James is also godfather to Charlotte.
It’s traditional for the royals to have a lot of godparents, William had six and George has seven.

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Prince Louis’ christening

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  • Louis’ christening gown
  • Royal christenings in pictures
  • When to expect official photos
  • Guests
  • Inside Chapel Royal
  • Why Meghan isn’t godmother

Kate and Will leave the Chapel with George and Charlotte

George and Charlotte were led out of the chapel as the service ended. Princess Charlotte waved to photographers as she held the order of service. She cheekily told them: "you’re not coming!" as she passed by the press. The little girl wore a blue smock dress.

Following the service, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held a private tea at Clarence House. Guests were served slices of christening cake, a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.

It’s traditional for guests to be served the parent’s wedding cake.

Kate and Will’s cake had eight tiers so there would be plenty to go around.

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