Why Queen Elizabeth Skipped Out On Her Great-Grandson’s Christening

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

The christening of Prince Louis, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 11-week-old son, was an intimate ceremony attended by royal guests, friends, and family members alike.

But one important person’s name was missing from the attendance list: the Queen.

This occasion marks the first time Queen Elizabeth II has skipped the christening of any of Kate Middleton’s children. Thankfully, the Queen’s absence was not because she was ill or had an emergency. Instead, the Queen reportedly made the decision to skip her great-grandson’s christening “some time ago,” due to her hectic schedule. The rest of the royal family was on board with her decision.

Despite the Queen’s absence, the christening looked to be a gorgeous royal affair — nothing less for little Prince Louis! The baby wore a handmade replica of the royal christening robe, a 177-year-old lace gown that Queen Victoria originally commissioned in 1841. It’s the same gown that his older siblings wore for their own christenings. Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, attended the christening as well, making this the first time that the whole family has appeared together in public.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also attended the ceremony, holding hands like the adorable newlyweds they are. The baby’s six godparents, whom Prince William and Kate named early this week, were also at the event, along with Kate’s pregnant sister, Pippa Middleton.

After the ceremony, the couple hosted tea at Clarence House, where they served guests slices of christening cake — a tier preserved from their wedding cake.

At 92, the Queen still stays impressively busy; she just returned from Scotland on Monday. On Tuesday, she went to an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. She’ll welcome President Trump to Windsor Castle for a visit on Friday.

Find out more about the beautiful event in the video below!

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