Prince Louis’ Christening Will Likely Follow This Sweet Tradition

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Louis leaving the hospital

Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Louis leaving the hospital | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton have released several details about the upcoming christening for their third child, Prince Louis, and it’s likely one sweet tradition will be followed when he is baptized.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce that the christening of Prince Louis will take place on Monday 9th July at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, London,” the palace announced in a statement on Wednesday, June 20. “Prince Louis will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.”

The location is at the same church where Prince George was baptized. Princess Charlotte, however, was christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Something that Louis’ older siblings had in common though is what they wore that day and it is likely that he will follow that tradition.

In George and Charlotte’s portraits released by the royal family shortly after the ceremonies, both children had on a replica of the historic royal christening gown first worn by Queen Victoria’s daughter, also named Victoria, in 1841. The gown was recreated by a team of dressmakers in 2008. In addition to wearing the same outfit, the prince and princess were baptized by the same reverend who will be performing Louis’ christening as well. Reverend Welby also presided over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Now, that the plans for the baby royal’s big day have been confirmed many are wondering who his godparents will be.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) show their newly-born son, their third child, Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018.

Prince Louis | John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images

Prince George has seven godparents. They are Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem, and Zara Tindall. Princess Charlotte has five Adam Middleton, Thomas van Straubenzee, James Meade, Sophie Carter, and Laura Fellowes, who is the daughter of Princess Diana‘s sister Lady Jane Fellowes. Therefore, Prince Louis will almost certainly have several godparents as well and many are speculating if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be asked.

MSN reported that a palace insider previously said that Middleton was considering asking the Duchess of Sussex. “They’ve already formed a strong sisterly bond, and it’s Kate’s way of showing how close they’ve become,” the source claimed. Middleton’s own sister, Pippa, was not chosen as one of the godparents for the other two children though so perhaps she will be asked to be Louis’ as well since there is no limit to how many the baby can have.

Prince William’s cousins, Beatrice and Eugenie, are also thought to be in the running for godmothers. The names of the godparents to the royals are usually are not released to the public until after the christening which means we may not know for sure who was chosen until after July 9.

Prince Louis was born on April 23, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. However, we haven’t seen much of the newest member of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s family aside from some sweet pics when he was just a few days old. So, we can’t wait to see his christening portraits.

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