Yesterday the world watched as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge christened their third child, Prince Louis, almost four months after welcoming him into the world.
The special ceremony began at 4pm at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace, with baby Louis christened by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, wearing a replica of the Royal Christening Robe, which was also worn by his siblings George and Charlotte.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Middleton’s, including Carole and Pippa, and Louis’ new godparents all joined the Cambridge’s at the family ceremony, which was said to be a “very peaceful” family affair.
And although it was her little brother’s big day, Princess Charlotte once again stole the show with an adorable display – and a cheeky comment you may have missed.
As she entered the Chapel, royal reporters including the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English, captured the little Princess shaking the hand of the Archbishop, on instruction from dad Prince William.
Charlotte, closely followed by Prince George, dutifully obliges, and is then congratulated by her dad, who says, “Well done”
And it is one of the sweetest moments of the royal we’ve ever seen – take a look at the clip below…
But the adorable Charlotte moments didn’t stop there. After the ceremony finished, the Cambridges exited the Chapel Royal as a family of five – the first time we’ve seen them all together since Prince Louis’ birth.
Dad William and mum Catherine looked delighted after the special service, but while the Duchess gazed happily at her baby son, Charlotte was actually keeping a close eye on the group of photographers gathered outside the Chapel.
The cheeky Princess then made it clear that the media were not coming along to the subsequent reception at Clarence House – hilariously telling them, “You’re not coming!”
Charlotte’s adorable comment drew a subtle smirk from Prince William, who gave a quick glance to his daughter and then to the awaiting photographers.
That’s telling them Charlotte!
The family went on from the ceremony to the intimate reception just a few moments walk away, where they enjoyed a slice of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake, which was made by Fiona Cairns back in 2011.
While the christening was likely a very happy family occasion, there were actually two very notable people missing off the list of attendees.
The Queen and Prince Philip did not attend the christening, despite having been to both George and Charlotte’s.
According to Buckingham Palace, the plans for them not to attend were made “some time ago”, and are not due to health reasons.
Many have speculated however that the couple’s advancing age may be behind the reason why, with Prince Philip having retired from royal duties just last year.
It’s also thought that the Queen was yesterday travelling back from Norfolk, after a weekend at Sandringham. She’s also just emerged from a packed week of engagements in Scotland following Holyrood week – and so it’s likely she’ll want to rest for a while after a hectic few days.
However, the 9th July is actually a very meaningful day for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. On the same date in 1947, the then Princess Elizabeth announced her engagement to Philip Mountbatten (now Prince Philip), before marrying on 20th November, just six months later.
It’s sure to be a date the royal couple treasure, so while they weren’t at Louis’ christening, we’re sure they celebrated the day together privately.
Of course, Louis’ christening was sure to be a happy day for uncle Prince Harry as well. His second nephew, it’s also the first time wife Meghan is around to celebrate a new royal arrival.
And it seems the Duke decided to mark the occasion in a lovely way too, buying four-month-old Louis a very sweet, and meaningful present.
According to The Sun, Harry purchased a rare, first edition version of the A.A. Milne classic, Winnie the Pooh for Prince Louis, for a whopping £8,000.
Reportedly, he purchased the find from rare bookseller Peter Harrington in Kensington, and touchingly, was inspired by his mother when choosing the gift.
A friend told the publication, “One of Harry’s happiest childhood memories was being read a bedtime story by his mother.
“She loved all the classics and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions.”
So it seems Harry is hoping to recreate a similar memory for nephew Louis – which we think is a pretty adorable gesture.
Given the special occasion, some royal fans have also begun reflecting on Catherine’s own christening too.
One fansite recently posted some adorable pictures of the Duchess’ christening all the way back 1982, on 20th June – taken just a day before her future husband Prince William was born.
How adorable does the Duchess look!