Prince Louis, the third child of Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate, has been christened at a small, private ceremony witnessed by close family members in the absence of his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
The union of Harry, a former royal wild child and former actress Meghan, a divorcee whose mother is African-American and father is white, has sprinkled a measure of modern glamour and diversity on the monarchy often regarded as a relic from the past.
The baby was born at 1001 GMT (6.01 a.m. ET) and weighed 8 lbs 7oz (3.8 kg) in what has now evolved into a well-oiled operation by a dedicated royal medical team, seasoned palace couturiers and royal protection officers.
Grenfell Tower victims and the firefighters who battled the fatal blaze which claimed 71 lives headlined the Queen’s 60th Christmas Day broadcast. The 91-year-old monarch also praised the resilience of London and Manchester after “appalling attacks”. The “powerful identities” of the capital and the northern English city had shone through after militant attacks as well as the devastating fire that destroyed the residential tower block in west London in June, the Queen said. The 91 year-old monarch, whose televised address is a Christmas staple in Britain, recounted how it had been a privilege to visit victims of the bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester, as she was able to witness the bravery and resilience of survivors first-hand. On the 60th anniversary of her first televised Christmas address, she said her reflections on the year had made her “grateful for the blessings of home and family”, and praised her husband and his “unique” sense of humour. The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, has been at the queen’s side throughout her 65 years on the throne, …