Prince Louis, the third child of Prince William and wife Kate, showed his sunnier side as he beamed for the cameras after being christened at a private church ceremony. Kensington Palace issued new portraits showing the toddler in a happy mood after the service.
The photographs were taken by Matt Holyoak, the official photographer at the christening and Matt Porteous. Holyoak has established himself as one of the world’s leading portrait photographers. His love of portraiture started at art college, where he studied to be a fine artist, specialising in contemporary portrait painting and drawing.
He then discovered his passion for photography and perfected his craft working in still life, fashion and portraiture. He has had some of his work acquired by The National Portrait Gallery for its permanent collection, and has donated photographic prints to many exhibitions across the world.
In 2017, Holyoak photographed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.
Louis, the fifth in line to the British throne who was born on 23 April, was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at The Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace in central London. However, the 92-year-old queen and her husband Prince Philip were not among the guests. A royal source said it had been agreed some time ago that the queen would not attend and her absence was not due to any health issues.
The Queen who is the world’s oldest and longest-reigning living monarch, missed a special service last month because she was feeling “under the weather”, but has carried out a number of public engagements since then.
The monarch was due to return to London on Monday before a busy schedule of events including a meeting with US President Donald Trump on Friday 13 July at her Windsor Castle home.
Prince Louis was carried into the chapel by his beaming mother, wearing the handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, which in 2008 replaced the original which had been worn for all royal christenings since that of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841.
Kate, dressed in an ivory dress and matching hat, and William were joined by William’s father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, along with younger brother Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan, dressed in olive green.
William and Harry wore matching blue suits and sky blue ties. Also attending were Kate’s parents, her brother and sister and Louis’s six godparents, who are close friends or relatives of William and Kate.
They included Kate’s cousin Lucy Middleton, Nicholas van Cutsem, whose daughter was a bridesmaid at the recent wedding of Harry and Meghan in May, and Guy Pelly, a childhood friend of William’s.
“I’m delighted and privileged to be christening Prince Louis today – a precious child made in God’s image, just as we all are,” Archbishop Justin Welby said on Twitter before the ceremony. “Please join me in praying for him and his family on this special day.”
The young prince, who has an older brother George, 4, and sister Charlotte, 3, was baptised using water from the River Jordan.
- This version updates earlier story