Here’s an understatement for you: It’s been a pretty hectic year for the royal family. There have been babies, weddings, outings, babies, engagements, (and did we say babies?) and it’s only July. Even so, the royals broke out their best outfits for Prince Louis’s christening on Monday, July 9th.
Amid the chaos it’s easy to forget, but yes, there was a new royal baby born in April (and one last month, but that’s beside the point), and Kensington Palace announced that his official baptism would be held July 9th. Prince Louis will be seen in public for the first time since his birth, and just like his big brother Prince George, he’ll be baptized at The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London.
The church is the same place where Middleton received communion before her wedding, and it’s also the place where the late Princess Diana’s coffin lay before her funeral in 1997, so needless to say, it’s special to the family.
Prince Louis’s chosen church already marks a stark difference from his sister Princess Charlotte’s christening, though. Louis will share his baptism location with George, but Charlotte, on the other hand, was baptized at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham. Differences aside, royal baptisms have been a time for lovely family photos, which means brothers George and Louis will be pictured alongside each other for the first time ever.
Louis’s siblings were each baptized in the same gown design that a whopping 62 of their ancestors also wore, according to Romper. Understandably, the gown had some wear and tear, so babies since then have used a replica commissioned by Queen Elizabeth.