london - The British royal family prepares for the baptism of Prince Louis, the third child of Prince William and his wife Catherine. The chapel of St. James's Palace is Monday the scene of the ceremony, where traditions are honored.
Louis, born on April 23, joins a long list of British royals who have been baptized in St. James's. Louis' big brother Prince George was the last in October 2013. In 2015, Princess Charlotte went to St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Royal Estate Sandringham.
However, the baptismal font was the same. The royal family has been using the so-called silver Lily Font for years. The artifact is so precious that it is kept at the crown jewels in the Tower of London. At baptism, water from the Jordan is used, the river in which Jesus Christ would have been baptized.
During the ceremony, Louis will wear a replica of the christening gown made by Queen Victoria in 1841 for her first child. The original garment was replaced in 2004 with a new one because it had become too fragile. The old dress was worn by sixty royal babies.
There is still a lot of speculation about the guest list, as well as about the possible godparents. British media at least expect Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. Also the father and mother of Catherine and her sister Pippa are there.
The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, leads the baptismal service. He also took care of the baptism of Williams other children. In May, he also closed the marriage between Harry and Meghan.
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