As of Wednesday, we know what’s next up on the royal schedule that’ll draw the family together once again: Prince Louis’s christening.
Amid the chaos it’s easy to forget, but yes, there was a new royal baby born in April (and one yesterday, but that’s beside the point), and Kensington Palace announced that he’ll officially be baptized on July 9. Prince Louis will be seen in public for the first time since his birth, and just like his big brother Prince George, he’ll be baptized at The Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London.
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The church is the same place where Kate Middleton received communion before her wedding, and it’s also the place where the late Princess Diana’s coffin lay before her funeral in 1997, so needless to say, it’s special to the family.
Prince Louis’s chosen church already marks a stark difference from his sister Princess Charlotte’s christening, though.
Louis will share his baptism location with George, but Charlotte, on the other hand, was baptized at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.
Differences aside, fans can expect both George and Charlotte to be present, if all goes as it has in the past. Traditionally, royal baptisms have been a time for lovely family photos, which means brothers George and Louis will be pictured alongside each other for the first time ever.
We already know what Louis will likely wear for the day, too. His siblings were each baptized in the same gown design that a whopping 62 of their ancestors also wore, according to Romper. Understandably, the gown had some wear and tear, so babies since then have used a replica commissioned by Queen Elizabeth, pictured below on Princess Charlotte.
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Only a matter of weeks until we see Louis again. Let the countdown begin.