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New Christening Photo of Prince Louis Released by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

LONDON — Kensington Palace has released one more official photograph from the christening of Prince Louis, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The four portraits previously released by the Palace on July 9 show the young prince surrounded by his adoring family, including a grinning Prince George, who turns 5 next week.

The latest photograph, published on Monday, shows the Duchess of Cambridge holding Prince Louis, who is looking away from the camera with open-mouthed amusement.

Newlyweds the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also present when the family, including Louis’ parents and grandparents, gathered together in Clarence House for a private afternoon ceremony last Monday.

Official christening photo of Prince Louis and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge

Another, more candid photograph, captures the Duchess of Cambridge cradling her newborn son.

Prince Louis’s Christening Official Pictures By Matt Holyoak / Camera Press
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Members of the Royal Family in the Morning Room at Clarence House, following Prince Louis’s christening.

Prince Louis is wearing a long silk and lace robe that nearly skims the floor. The garment is a handmade replica of the 1841 Royal Christening robe worn by more than 62 royal babies at their christenings — including those of Prince Louis’ grandfather, father and uncle.

However, in 2008, Queen Elizabeth ended that tradition when she commissioned her dressmaker to make a replica in order to preserve the original gown.

Prince Louis’s Christening Official Pictures By Matt Holyoak / Camera Press
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, following Prince Louis’s christening.

The Queen and Prince Philip were notably absent in the portraits, having made the decision not to attend the christening, according to the UK’s Press Association.

The monarch had a busy week ahead of her, attending an event to mark 100 years of Britain’s Royal Air Force on Tuesday and meeting US President Donald Trump for tea Friday.

For first publication 22.30 hours BST on Sunday July 15th 2018

Queen Elizabeth has begun to scale back her responsibilities, and has handed control of some duties to her heir, Prince Charles. Prince Philip has made even fewer public appearances after retiring from public life last September.

Prince Louis’s Christening Official Pictures By Matt Holyoak / Camera Press
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis in the garden at Clarence House, following Prince Louis’s christening.

However, the baby’s family and godparents were all present for the christening.

After the ceremony, they were all served William and Catherine’s 2011 wedding cake, which had included tiers reserved to celebrate their future children’s christenings.