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Prince Louis’ christening kicks off

THE Royal Family has started to descend upon St James’s Palace for Prince Louis’ christening.

The Duchess of Cambridge beamed in a flowing cream dress while she greeted the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and carried a sleeping Louis into the Chapel Royal.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge beams at a sleeping Louis. Picture: MEGA

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge beams at a sleeping Louis. Picture: MEGASource:Mega

The Duke of Cambridge held hands with George, 4, and Charlotte, 3, as he escorted them in for the service.

In a video posted by the Kensington Palace Twitter account, newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk hand-in-hand behind the proud parents as they arrive at the chapel. Meghan is wearing a beautiful olive green dress with a high neckline and classic fit.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George hold the hands of their father, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Picture: Dominic Lipinski via Getty Images

Princess Charlotte and Prince George hold the hands of their father, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Picture: Dominic Lipinski via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Honouring tradition, two-month-old Prince Louis is dressed in a replica of the The Royal Christening Robe, which was worn for all Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren, until the youngest of The Queen’s eight grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn.

The Queen commissioned Angela Kelly to make a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe in order to preserve the original. James, Viscount Severn, was the first member of the Royal Family to wear this replica gown at his christening at the private chapel at Windsor Castle on 19th April 2008.

The original Royal Christening Robe, of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the christening of their nephew. Picture: Dominic Lipinski via AP

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the christening of their nephew. Picture: Dominic Lipinski via APSource:AP

But as guests arrive for the christening of Louis Arthur Charles, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, there will be some noticeable gaps.

In news that will disappoint royal fans, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will not be attending.

According to a statement from Kensington Palace, the decision was not made on health grounds but is understood to have been mutually agreed by the Queen and the Cambridges some time ago.

Prince Louis wears a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe. Picture: AFP

Prince Louis wears a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

PRINCE LOUIS’ GODPARENTS NAMED

The young prince will have six godparents including Prince William’s longtime friend Guy Pelly, Kensington Palace revealed earlier.

The Prince’s other godparents include Nicholas van Cutsem, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Gillingham and Lucy Middleton.

Prince Louis, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has six godparents.

Prince Louis, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has six godparents.Source:AP

The tiny Prince will be christened at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace.

The tiny Prince will be christened at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.Source:AFP

Ms Gillingham is a former schoolmate of Kate Middleton while Lucy Middleton, a solicitor, is her cousin.

Guy Pelly is not a surprising choice for godfather since the London nightclub owner is one of Prince William and Prince Harry’s closest friends.

Nightclub owner Guy Pelly has been named as a godparent.

Nightclub owner Guy Pelly has been named as a godparent.Source:Getty Images

In the past, Pelly had a “party animal” reputation, opening and managing London’s Mahiki, Whisky Mist and Tonteria. He and the Princes were regularly seen out and about in the nightclubs during their younger days.

Nicholas van Cutsem is a lifelong family friend of the royal family. His daughter Florence van Cutsem was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who will be attending the christening.

Nicholas van Cutsem, with wife Alice, is a lifelong friend of the royals.

Nicholas van Cutsem, with wife Alice, is a lifelong friend of the royals.Source:Getty Images

Harry Aubrey-Fletcher is the son of Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the 8th Baronet and Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. Prince William was an usher when Harry married Louise Stourton in 2010.

Other guests include Prince Charles and Camilla, Carol and Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews, and James Middleton, Kate’s brother.

Following the service, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give a private tea at Clarence House. In a sweet touch, guests will be served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from William and Kate’s wedding cake.

Originally published as Prince Louis’ christening kicks off

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