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The Duchess of Cambridge looked like the proudest mum as she arrived at the Chapel Royal for her son, Prince Louis’ christening service.

The doting mum cradled her 11-week-old baby boy in her arms as she entered the grounds of St. James’s Palace.

The young royal dozed in his mum’s arms as they greeted the Archbishop of Canterbury. It is understood that Kate said that Louis is just like George.

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Kate also told the Archbishop of Canterbury that Louis was sleeping and “very peaceful.” She added: “I hope he stays like this.”

Prince William entered the chapel hand-in-hand with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who looked as adorable as ever.

 

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The siblings waved to the press and greeted the Archbishop as they entered the chapel.

The family-of-five were also joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also attended the celebration. It is understood that the Duke of Sussex purchased a first edition of first-edition of AA Milne's Winnie-The-Pooh as a gift for the young prince.

Members of the Middleton family also attended the service, including Kate’s sister Pippa and Lucy Middleton, who was confirmed as one of Louis’ godmothers.

Two notable members of the royal family were missing from the christening service. Earlier today, it was announced that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip would not be attending the christening of Prince Louis due to the monarch’s hectic schedule.

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Don’t you absolutely hate it when you turn up at an event and someone else is there wearing the same thing?

It’s worse if you know the person. Say, if it’s your sister. Can you imagine how annoying it would be if you, the Duchess of Cambridge and your not-a-royal sister Pippa keep on showing up wearing the same thing as you?

At your daughter Princes Charlotte's royal christening no less. Etiquette pro William Hanson says Pippa should have worn a colour that contrasted with Kate’s.

We honestly thought these were the kinds of details that are discussed at length before such a public occasion. It seems like maybe not, because after yesterday’s all white affair, we realised that the Middleton sisters have a bit of a trend going on when it comes to their matching colour schemes. 

White at the wedding

 

White again at Wimbledon

 

Prince George's christening: another matching affair.

 

White t-shirts for all the Middletons. 

 

Swimwear can also be coordinated if you're a Middleton sister.

 

They also like the white/off-white colour palette when its a little chilly.

Yesterday's supposed etiquette snafu.

 

 

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The day has finally arrived!

Princess Charlotte’s christening has begun. She made her first public appearance since appearing outside the hospital the day she was born.

The ceremony took place at the same church where Princess Diana was christened in 1961. The ceremony was small with Kate and William, Prince George, the Queen, Kate’s parents, her sister Pippa, brother brother James and William’s parents Charles and Camilla.

The five godparents of Princess Charlotte were also in attendance. Named earlier today her godparents did not include either of William or Kate’s siblings.

Instead they were made up of friends of William and Kate, along with family members such as Princess Diana’s niece Laura Fellowes.

Kate’s long-time friend Sophie Carter was chosen, as were James Meade a school friend of William, Adam Middleton, Kate’s cousin and Thomas van Straubenzee who William also went to school with.

Thomas, pictured above, married Lady Melissa Percy in 2013 at Alnwick Castle, better known to Harry Potter buffs as the Hogwarts castle, FYI. William attended the wedding but Kate could not as she pregnant with Prince George who is now almost 2-years old.

 

Princess Charlotte wore her brother’s replica of a more than 170-year old royal heirloom made by Angela Kelly, who is dressmaker to the Queen.

The family of four made their way to the church in quite a stylish fashion, Kate wore a white Alexander McQueen  while she pushed Charlotte’s pram past the people lined up outside to greet the royals.

Prince William looked very dapper in his suit while Prince George had an adorable red and white themed look for the day. Prince George’s outfit is reminding twitter users of his dad’s outfit the first time he met Prince Harry.

Prince Harry who is currently in Nambia, missed out on the family occasion. While his stepmother Camilla almost suffered a serious wardrobe malfunction when a gust of wind caught her off guard in her pale blue style.

The Middleton’s co-ordinated their looks with ivory outfits in line with Kate’s own outfit.

After the christening the Queen hosted tea at her Sandringham home, where guests will also have cake from William and Kate’s 2011 wedding. 

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Prince Harry is apparently out of the running to be one of Princess Charlotte’s six godparents. Note, Charlotte has one less godparent than her older brother Prince George.

While there was some speculation Prince Harry’s absence was some sort of royal snub, it seems to be more as a result of his being out of the country.

The 30-year old royal will be spending the summer travelling and doing charity and conservation work. He is reportedly going to be in Africa when the christening will take place.

The ceremony will take place later today at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.

The baptism will be held in private with fewer than 30 people present at the event. It will be the first time the family of four will make a public appearance together.

Harry unfortunately will not be present as he’s already left for his trip to Africa. Sad news for any of the members of the public waiting outside the church hoping to catch a glimpse of the young royal.

Official photographs of the occasion will be taken by photographer Mario Testino who was Princess Diana’s favourite photographer. Charlotte will wear a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for the princess royal, Victoria, in 1841.

The godparents will be revealed at the ceremony so we’ll have to wait and find out, although there have been rumours that since Prince Harry is no longer in the running, David Beckham might be a possibility.

Can’t imagine that minion tattoo would go down so well at afternoon tea in the palace though, but you never know.

Speculation is mounting about who will step into the role, with bookies also actually giving odds who might be the favourite.

Princess Beatrice, 26, was also in the running and according to book makers she had got more of a chance than her sister Euginie, 25, as she often socialises with Will and Kate.

We were very intrigued to discover that neither of the Princess's were named as Charlotte's godparents after all. 

Instead it was friends and family of the couple themselves who will take the honours later today; Miss Sophie Carter, Mr. James Meade, Mr. Adam Middleton, The Hon. Laura Fellowes and Mr. Thomas van Straubenzee were all named as Princess Charlotte's godparents.

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World-renowned photographer, Mario Testino, is to photograph Princess Charlotte’s christening this coming Sunday.

The Vogue photographer has shot almost every celebrity under the sun, from Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid to Kate Moss and Brad Pitt

The 60-year-old Peruvian photographer released a statement saying, “I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to document this occasion and to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much.”

The upcoming event is by no means Mr Testino’s first time photographing the Royals. He was the photographer that took the official royal engagement photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

He was also responsible for the beautiful Vanity Fair cover shoot of Princess Diana in 1997. Aside from the royals, Mario can count all the top fashion designers and celebrities as his clients.

The christening is set to take place this Sunday in a church at Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. While it will undoubtedly be a big family affair, Prince Harry is expected not to be in attendance as he is scheduled to be on the way to Africa at the time.

We are already SO excited to see the photos! 

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