July 10, 2018

Here are the major Royal family members who missed Prince Louis' christening

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Two very important people were noticeably absent from Prince Louis’ christening on Monday. The little boy’s great-grandparents didn’t make it to the event.

Kensington Palace tweeted a video that showed some of the Royal’s that were able to attend. It’s been reported that the Queen and Prince Philip didn’t attend due to an earlier agreement between them and the boy’s parents.

Prince Louis was christened on Monday at a private ceremony in London. A guest list released by Kensington Palace revealed that the Queen, 92, and her husband, Prince Philip, 97, were not included.

The decision had nothing to do with health reasons but was mutually agreed by the Queen and Louis' parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, some time ago.

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Philip retired last year September from public life and Royal duties. He has since appeared on only a few occasions.

For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. In April he underwent planned hip surgery but managed to attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan just a few weeks later.

The Queen has also begun to scale back her duties because of her advancing age. She’s even handed over some of her responsibilities to her heir, Prince Charles.

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Late last month, she missed a service at St. Paul's Cathedral because she was feeling unwell. However, last week, she was back to Royal duties in Edinburgh carrying out engagements for the annual Holyrood week.

Louis’ christening came at a time when the Queen is quite busy. On the same day as the christening, she was traveling back from Sandringham, Norfolk.

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On Tuesday, the monarch attended a high-profile celebration in central London marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Later in the week, on Friday, she will host the US President Donald Trump in Windsor.

Despite his great-grandparent’s absence, the little boy was still in good company. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William's father, and stepmother, attended the ceremony.

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Kate’s parents, siblings, and brother-in-law, also made an appearance. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, and Duchess Meghan, were also present on the day.

The little Prince was also surrounded by his six godparents and their spouses. They are all friends or family of the Louis’ parents.

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On Monday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted that he was ‘delighted’ to be christening the third child of Prince William and Kate. Prince Louis was born on April 23 and is the younger brother to Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3.

For his christening, Louis wore a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe. The original one was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter.

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It was worn for all Royal christenings until 2008. The Queen then commissioned her dressmaker, Angela Kelly, to make a replica in order to preserve the original one.

After the service, guests were invited to a private tea at Clarence House which is home to Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla. Guests were served slices of cake taken from a tier of William and Kate's wedding cake which was made in 2011.

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