Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Prince Louis official Christening portraits released

Prince Louis official Christening portraits released

As per royal tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have now shared several portraits taken on the day.

Photographer Matt Holyoak's picture shows Kate and her son in all their finery but also captures an intimacy rarely seen in royal portraiture.

While the Queen and Prince Philip were not present in the photos, The Duchess of Cambridge's family took centre stage.

'Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure.

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To celebrate Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015, the Cambridges turned to Mario Testino to take their portraits on the Queen's Sandringham Estate - a mix of casual outdoor family shots and more formal photos with extended family in the property's Drawing Room.

Louis was carried into the chapel by his mother, wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening robe, which in 2008 replaced the original that had been worn for all royal christenings since that of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841.

Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan appear in two of the snaps, as do Prince Charles and Camilla.

Four official images were taken by British photographer Matt Holyoak at Clarence House after Louis was baptised in The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace a week ago.

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The third official photo marked the first official family portrait of the Cambridges together since the birth of Prince Louis. The Duke of Cambridge looked dapper in his blue suit and tie.

As the family left, Prince Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar's Concerto in G major, BWV 592 was performed.

The third photo zooms even further, focusing on just Louis' immediate family-the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, George, Charlotte, and, obviously, Louis himself.

A statement released by the royal family also revealed Louis' Godparents were Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Laura Meade, Robert Carter and Lucy Middleton. "I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs", Holyoak told The Daily Mail.

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