A heartwarming new photograph of the Duchess of Cambridge cradling Prince Louis after his christening was released by Kensington Palace today.
Louis, 12 weeks old today, slept through the entire ceremony but was pictured alert and with a wide opened-mouth smile as he was held upright by his mother in the gardens of Clarence House.
The new picture was released on social media at 10am today, nearly 12 hours after Kensington Palace put out another four shots from the day last night.
The palace tweeted this morning.
Louis was wearing a replica of the royal christening robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, which was created in 1841 for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal.
That gown was worn for all subsequent royal baptisms including the present Queen, her children and grandchildren.But by 2008 it was clear the gown was becoming delicate and the Queen’s senior dresser Angela Kelly ran up a hand-made replica in order to preserve the original.
Kate wore a cream Alexander McQueen dress with floral headpiece by Jane Taylor, and her long hair was swept back in a bun.