The royal family has had quite the busy agenda this summer, from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding to the Royal Ascot to today's big event: Prince Louis' baptism.
Following in his older brother Prince George's footsteps (and reportedly Meghan Markle's, as well), the two-month-old royal was christened today at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, according to a palace statement. Prince Louis' parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, invited only family, friends, and godparents to witness the sacrament, with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Pippa Middleton among the few guests who were in attendance. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their grand entrance trailing Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their three children, with Kate donning an Alexander McQueen cream ensemble and Jane Taylor headpiece for the occasion; while Meghan chose a green dress by Ralph Lauren, hat by Stephen Jones, and Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps in olive suede.
Just like older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis has quite the lengthy list of godparents—six, to be exact (two must not cut it when you're royalty...). Although Prince Harry and Meghan Markle weren't given the honors (Will and Kate have tended not to choose immediate family), the six royal godparents are either close friends or relatives of the proud parents, all of whom were officially announced in today's palace statement. Nicholas van Cutsem (Prince William's longtime pal), Guy Pelly (a friend of the couple's), Harry Aubrey-Fletcher (William's former schoolmate), the Lady Laura Meade (another close friend of Will and Kate's), Hannah Carter (Kate's friend and former classmate), and Lucy Middleton (Kate's cousin) have all been selected as the royal infant's godmothers and godfathers.
The tiny guest of honor was sporting a handmade duplicate of the royal christening robe, a royal lace-and-satin frock that was originally made in 1841 for the baptism of Queen Victoria's oldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal. While the OG gown has been worn by every royal infant since, up until the baptism of Prince Edward's son, James, in 2008, Queen Elizabeth requested a second identical version to be made in order to preserve the first. Her own personal dressmaker, Angela Kelly, was commissioned for the task.
Another royal christening tradition involves the Lily Font, an intricate silver baptismal font that's also been in the family since Queen Victoria's reign—she and husband, Prince Albert, had this piece made for their daughter Victoria's baptism, as well.
After the ceremony, Will and Kate were hosting guests at Clarence House, where they planned to dine on "christening cake," which simply translates to a chunk removed from the couple's 2011 wedding dessert. The formerly eight-tier confection, created by Fiona Cairns, featured 17 separate fruit cakes covered in cream and white icing, adorned with 900 iced flowers and 17 different kinds of leaves. Quite the post-baptism dessert—and Prince Harry is reportedly gifting Prince Louis an equally extravagant present. The Duke of Sussex is rumored to be dropping $10,000 on a first edition Winnie the Pooh book for his nephew.
Although the Queen and Prince Philip will not be able to attend, this royal infant's christening will probably be a wonderful family affair (and more grand than the rest of us commoners could possibly imagine). Congrats to the entire royal family, especially Prince Louis, on this special day!