His Royal Highness, Prince Louis of Cambridge was christened at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.
Along with his loving parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and his sweet siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, others members of the British royal family and the Middleton family were in attendance. Her Majesty the Queen did not attend today’s ceremonies, which is surprising but not unheard-of, despite the wagging tongues of Twitter. The six godparents of Prince Louis were there for the ceremonies. Louis’ godparents were announced as:
– Mr. Nicholas van Cutsem, long-time friend of Prince William
– Mr. Guy Pelly, long-time friend of Prince William
– Mr. Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, long-time friend and schoolmate of Prince William
– The Lady Laura Meade, close friend of both William and Catherine
– Mrs. Robert Carter, close friend and schoolmate of Catherine
– Miss Lucy Middleton, cousin of Catherine
Prince Louis wore the traditional handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by Angela Kelly. The original Royal Christening Robe was crafted of Honiton lace lined with white satin. It was used for over a century and a half before the Queen commissioned Angela Kelly to make a hand-made replica to preserve the original gown.
Along with the traditional christening gown, the Lily Font and water from the River Jordan was used during the baptism, a tradition that dates to 1814. The Archbishop of Canterbury performed the ceremonies for the small, private audience. The service included two hymns, two anthems, and two lessons.
The Hymns were O Jesus, I Have Promised and Lord of All Hopefulness. The first anthem was This is the day which the Lord hath made, which was composed by John Rutter especially for William and Catherine’s 2011 wedding. The second anthem was Suo Gân, a traditional Welsh Lullaby composed by Gareth Wilson. (Links are clickable to YouTube versions of the songs!)
The first lesson from St. Mark 10: 13-16, read by Miss Lucy Middleton:
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
The second lesson from Ephesians 3: 14-19, read by Mr Guy Pelly:
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (KJV)
Following the traditional service, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a private tea at Clarence House to celebrate. Oh, to be a fly on that wall while the royals and their friends dined on tea sandwiches! Guests were served slices of cake from a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake. We’re not sure we would have partaken in that, but it sounds like a wonderful, memorable celebration.