Prince Louis, the third child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was christened on Monday. This was the first major public milestone for the three-month-old. Keeping with tradition, Kensington Palace announced Louis’ godparents in honor of the christening–and they are not royal newlyweds Harry and Meghan Markle.
According to the royal announcement, Prince Louis’ godparents are as follows: Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Carter, and Lucy Middleton. All six (!) of Louis’ godparents are family and friends of Kate and William. It is the tradition for royals to have multiple godparents–eldest George has seven while Charlotte has five.
Godfathers van Cutsem and Aubrey-Fletcher have been friends with William since childhood. Pelly is a more recent friend who gained attention for helping plan William’s bachelor party.
Godmother Lucy Middleton is Kate’s cousin, Meade is a close family friend and wife of one of Charlotte’s godfathers, James Meade. Carter is one of Middleton’s friends from the University of St Andrews–where Kate and William met.
Prince Harry is not a godfather to any of William’s three children. However, neither is Kate’s sister, Pippa. It is likely as these two already have special roles as uncle and aunt of George, Charlotte, and Louis, William and Kate were eager to bestow the title of godparent to other close family members and friends. Harry sported a sharp blue suit to the christening while Megan Markle donned a dark green dress and matching hat.
According to Prince Louis’ christening announcement on the royal website, the young royal wore a replica of the Royal Christening Robe. The robe was made by the Queen’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly. The original Royal Christening Robe was created in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal–the replica was created to preserve the original. The water used to welcome Louis into the Church of England was from the River Jordan.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to Clarence House where they enjoyed a very special dessert–a tier of William and Kate’s wedding cake. It may sound odd to eat a 7-year-old cake–however, enjoying a tier of your wedding cake on your first anniversary or other special occasions are actually quite common. The complete wedding cake was composed of eight tiers. Decorated with cream and white icing, the cake included over 900 individually iced flowers, stood 3 feet tall and weighed 220 pounds so it makes sense that there is still some left. The Duke and Dutchess have enjoyed some of their wedding cake for each of their three children’s christenings.
Photos of the newest royal have been few and far between in the months since his birth so the release of Prince Louis’ christening photos has been highly anticipated.
As usual, we wish the royal family–and their six new godparents–all the best!