It’s been nearly three months since the newest member of the British Royal Family arrived, and I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been eager to catch another glimpse of the little guy. He may have been too young to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent royal wedding on May 19, but Prince Louis was out for the world to see today, during his royal christening at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace in London.
The little prince was accompanied to the chapel by his smiling parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with his older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who of course behaved perfectly. (Seriously, though, can we all just pause for a moment to appreciate the fact that these kids might just be the only ones on the planet who never throw public tantrums? Hey, Kate: What’s that like?!)
Little Louis could be seen sleeping soundly in his mother’s arms, despite the loud flashing cameras nearby, as Kate strolled into the chapel wearing a white long-sleeved dress with matching fascinator. (Side note: Confidently wearing white around three kids under the age of 5 might just be our version of #MomGoals.)
The newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex (AKA Harry and Megan) followed behind the new family of five, along with Louis’ proud grandpa, Prince Charles, who walked in with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Also in attendance were Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, her brother James, and the six (yes, six) royal godparents: Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Mrs. Robert Carter, and Miss Lucy Middleton. (According to the Palace, all of the appointed godparents are either close friends or family members.)
Noticeably absent from the event were Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, who were reportedly unable to attend the christening due to scheduling conflicts.
While this is a meaningful day for Will and Kate’s third child, July 9 already marks a memorable date for the Royal clan: It was on this day in 1947 that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip announced their engagement, and posed for photos at Buckingham Palace. Now, over 70 years later, we’re sure the proud grandparents are overjoyed to share the day with their seventh great-grandchild, even if they could only be there in spirit.
The chosen venue of The Chapel Royal also holds special meaning to the royal family, according to TIME. Five years ago, Prince George was christened there, and before her wedding day in April 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge received her first communion there when she was confirmed to the Church of England. It’s also been the site of several royal weddings, including the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840, and the nuptials of King George V and Princess Mary of Teck in 1893.
It was no surprise to see young Louis wearing a replica of the historic royal christening gown, as both of his older siblings were christened in it, as well. It’s all part of a royal tradition that’s been upheld since 1841, when the original infant gown was worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to watch this kiddo grow up!