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Posted: July 09, 2018

Prince Louis christened: Prince George, Princess Charlotte join royal family at ceremony

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
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Kate, Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis as they arrive for his christening service at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The world got its latest, long-awaited glimpse of the newest member of the House of Windsor as Prince Louis was christened Monday, 11 weeks after his birth.

The service was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s two other children. It was the first time all five members of the young royal family have been seen together, the BBC reported

Also in attendance were Prince William’s father and his wife, Prince Charles and Camilla.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, were at the ceremony along with Kate’s sister Pippa; her husband, James Matthews; and their brother, James Middleton.

Prince Louis was christened at Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace, baptized by the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, Metro reported.

But two people were missing from the ceremony. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh decided not to attend, according to Metro.

The queen has an extensive schedule this week. She travels back to Windsor Palace from Norfolk Monday, then will have a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the creation of the Royal Air Force Tuesday and has a meeting with President Donald Trump Friday, Metro reported.

>> Read more trending news 

Hours before the ceremony, Kensington Palace announced whom the couple named as Prince Louis’ godparents.

 

He now has three godfathers and three godmothers.

Harry Aubrey-Gletcher went to Eton with Prince William, The Telegraph reported. Nicholas Van Cutsem is a family friend. His daughter was a bridesmaid at their wedding, The Telegraph reported. The final godfather is Guy Pelly, who founded nightclubs and was friends with both William and Prince Harry during their single years, ITV reported.

As for the godmothers, the family named Lady Laura Meade, who is married to James Meade, a friend of Prince William and who is Princess Charlotte’s godfather; Hannah Gillingham, a friend of the Duchess; and Lucy Middleton, Duchess Katherine’s cousin, The Telegraph reported.

Prince Louis wore the same christening gown used for George and Charlotte, which is a copy of the lace and satin dress made for Queen Victoria’s daughter in 1841, Daily Mail reported.

Royal Family Welcomes Prince Louis Arthur Charles


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LOOK: Princess Charlotte kisses Prince Louis in adorable photos by Kate Middleton

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LOOK: Princess Charlotte kisses Prince Louis in adorable photos by Kate Middleton

In this handout photo provided by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte is seen with her brother Prince Louis in a photo taken by the Duchess of Cambridge on Princess Charlotte's third birthday at Kensington Palace on May 2, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by HRH Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images)

Royal baby: Harry and Meghan’s baby will be seventh in line for the throne

Update on Oct. 15, 2018: With the announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a child in the spring of 2019, the line of succession to the British throne will look different. Here is a look at how the line will change when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child is born.

Original story: A new British prince was born on Monday and that means a new line of succession to the British throne.

Move over, Prince Harry, your new nephew -- Louis Arthur Charles - will bump you one step down the line, and shake up everyone who follows you.

The British line of succession was established in the 17th century after James II left the country and the throne in 1688. By 1701, the Act of Settlement established that the country’s Parliament could determine who would rule the country.

The act said that only Protestants could rule – no Roman Catholics could be considered and those in line for the throne could not marry a Catholic. In 2013, the Succession to the Crown Act ended the provision against marrying a Catholic. However, a Roman Catholic may not rule the country.

The law also stated that male heirs, no matter where they fell in the birth order, would displace female heirs in the line of succession. In other words, a younger brother would jump over an older sister in the succession line.

The Succession to the Crown Act amended that portion of the Act of Settlement by ending the practice of moving sons to the front of the line – called male primogeniture. The act applies to those born after Oct. 28, 2011. Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William, is the first female in the line of succession who will not be skipped over by a younger sibling.

Here is the line of succession as it stands after the birth of the new prince:

The line of Succession (updated)

  1. The Prince of Wales – Prince Charles (Elizabeth’s first child)
  2. The Duke of Cambridge – Prince William (Prince Charles’ son)
  3. Prince George of Cambridge – William’s son
  4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge - William’s daughter
  5. Prince Louis of Cambridge – brother to George and Charlotte
  6. Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex – Prince Harry (William’s brother; Charles second child)
  7. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's unborn child (due spring 2019)
  8. The Duke of York – Prince Andrew (Elizabeth’s third child)
  9. Princess Beatrice of York – Andrew’s daughter
  10. Princess Eugenie of York – Andrew’s daughter
  11. The Earl of Wessex – Prince Edward (brother of Prince Charles; Elizabeth’s fourth child)
  12. James, Viscount Severn – (Prince Edward’s son)
  13. The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor – (Prince Edward’s daughter)
  14. The Princess Royal – Princess Anne (daughter of Queen Elizabeth; her second child)
  15. Peter Phillips – son of Princess Anne
  16. Savannah Phillips – daughter of Peter Phillips
  17. Isla Phillips – daughter of Peter Phillips
  18. Zara Tindall – daughter of Princess Anne

 

Royal baby now has a name: Louis Arthur Charles

The newest member of the royal family has a name.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced Friday that their third child has been named Louis Arthur Charles, CNN reported.

Prince Louis is fifth in line to the British throne, after grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William and his older brother and sister.

Louis was born Monday and weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. 

>> Kate Middleton gives birth to baby boy

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.

Louis is Queen Elizabeth II's sixth great-grandchild.

Bookmakers tabbed Arthur as the favorite name for the prince, followed by James and Philip, the BBC reported.

>> Photos: Royal baby born

On Thursday evening, Prince William told the BBC that he and the Duchess of Cambridge were still deciding on a name, saying: "I'm working on that."

LOOK: Princess Charlotte kisses Prince Louis in adorable photo by Kate Middleton

Aww!

Britain's Kensington Palace released two adorable photos of new royal baby Prince Louis – including one of his big sister, Princess Charlotte, giving the newborn a kiss on her birthday.

>> Royal baby now has a name: Louis Arthur Charles

The photos were taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton.

>> Read more trending news 

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share two photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, taken by The Duchess at Kensington Palace. This image was taken on 2nd May, on Princess Charlotte’s third Birthday," Kensington Palace tweeted.

>> See the photo here

A second tweet read: "This image of Prince Louis was taken by The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace on 26th April. The Duke and Duchess would like to thank members of the public for their kind messages following the birth of Prince Louis, and for Princess Charlotte’s third birthday."

>> See the tweet here

 

Prince Louis christening date announced

We now know when we’ll get our next official glimpse of Prince Louis.

He will be christened on July 9 at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace, London, the royal family announced Wednesday. It is the same location where Louis’ older brother, Prince George was christened. 

Their sister, Princess Charlotte, was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk, at the Queen’s Sandringham estate, the BBC reported.

Prince Louis’ full name is Louis Arthur Charles and his christening will be presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the BBC reported.

>> Read more trending news 

There has been no announcement of who the family has chosen for Louis’ godparents, but the list of names is expected to be released the morning of the ceremony.

It is expected that Prince Louis will wear the same christening gown worn by his siblings, which is a copy of the gown worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. The original was made in 1841 and was used until 2004, the BBC reported.

The water for the baptism comes from the Jordan River, where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the BBC reported

Prince William and his wife, Kate,  welcomed their third child on April 23, weeks before the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19. William and Kate attended the wedding with George and Charlotte, but Louis was at the ceremony.

  Royal baby: Harry and Meghan’s baby will be seventh in line for the throne
  Royal baby now has a name: Louis Arthur Charles
  LOOK: Princess Charlotte kisses Prince Louis in adorable photo by Kate Middleton

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