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    BBC News The Queen and Prince Philip to miss Prince Louis' christening


    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will not attend the christening of Prince Louis later today.
    Buckingham Palace said the decision was taken by the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge "some time ago" and it is not due to health reasons.
    Prince Louis will be christened in a private ceremony in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace.
    The 11-week-old will be baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
    The ceremony, which begins at 16:00 BST, will be the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children have been seen together.

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    The Queen, 92, is travelling back from Norfolk on Monday and has a busy week ahead, with celebrations marking the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday and US President Donald Trump's visit to Windsor on Friday.
    Prince Louis' six godparents are Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Mrs Robert Carter and Lucy Middleton.
    They are all friends or family of the Cambridges, who also picked friends and confidantes as Prince George's and Princess Charlotte's godparents.
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] will attend the ceremony, along with [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and their brother James Middleton. Prince Louis' grandfather, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall will also attend the ceremony.
    Prince Louis will wear the same christening gown used by his siblings.
    The cream lace and white satin robe is a replica of the robe made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841, which is now too delicate to be worn. The new version was made by the Queen's dresser, Angela Kelly.
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    According to tradition, water from the River Jordan will be used.

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    Following the 40-minute traditional religious service, guests will attend a private tea with slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from the duke and duchess' wedding cake.
    Matt Holyoak, whose work has been displayed in the National Portrait Gallery, will be the official photographer at the event.
    He [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] for their 70th wedding anniversary.
    Mr Welby tweeted he was "delighted and privileged" to be baptising the young prince.
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    I’m delighted and privileged to be christening Prince Louis today – a precious child made in God’s image, just as we all are. Please join me in praying for him and his family on this special day.
    “You are my beloved” (Mark 1:11) [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    — Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    The Duchess of Sussex was christened and confirmed in the oak-panelled Chapel Royal by the archbishop, who also married her and Harry in May.
    Louis Arthur Charles weighed 8lb 7oz [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], London, on 23 April. He is fifth in line to the throne.
    His elder brother George was also christened in the Chapel Royal, but sister Charlotte was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.
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    Default Re: The Queen and Prince Philip to miss Prince Louis' christening

    Royal SNUB or what
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