Kensington Palace announces Prince Louis' godparents

Kensington Palace announces Prince Louis' godparents

The newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harryand Meghan Markle will also be in attendance as will James Middleton, expectant Pippa Middletonand her husband James Matthews.

The Queen and Prince Philip won't attend the christening.

Also attending are Kate's parents, her brother and sister and Louis's six godparents, who are close friends or relatives of William and Kate.

Mrs Robert Carter, the couple's close friend; she went to school with Kate and her sister-in-law, Sophie, is godparent to Princess Charlotte.

Royal watchers are hoping that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will release official photos of themselves with their three children, including Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3.

The 16th-century chapel, which is not accessible to the public, is where Louis' four-year-old big brother George was christened in 2013.

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Louis, who is being christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be welcomed into the Christian faith dressed in the same cream gown used for George and Charlotte.

The palace also bears a profound significance to Prince William, as his late mother, Princess Diana's coffin was placed at the palace's altar before her funeral at Westminster Abbey in 1997.

Princess Charlotte, meanwhile, has five godparents.

It's likely that the Queen isn't attending as the christening is set to be a fairly low-key occasion, with just as handful of royals and family members attending.

Louis is wearing an Angela Kelly-designed replica of the "royal christening robe", based on the original version which was commissioned by original gown was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841.

Water from the River Jordan will be poured from the Lily Font, a silver baptismal font commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1840, during the baptism.

After the ceremony, the guests will descend on a private tea afternoon at Clarence House and indulge in some desserts - including a tier from Kate and William's 2011 wedding cake.

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