Prince Louis will definitely be another special day for the British royal family. It will mark another major family event in the royal calendar just months after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Royal Wedding in May.
But it seems that this day will be extra special for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. And there is a romantic reason behind it. Louis’s great-grandparents announced their engagement on July 9, 1947 — exactly 71 years earlier.
Princess Elizabeth fought to marry her love, Philip. Apparently, he was seen as a potentially problematic match. Prince Philip had descended from Greek and Danish royalty. However, when he was still an infant, his relatives were exiled from Greece.
So because of his lack of financial standing and place of birth would undoubtedly stir up controversy. Philip proposed to Elizabeth in Scotland in 1946.
Still, her father King George had them wait a year before their engagement was announced to the public.
Among the other members of the family, The Queen and Prince Philip are expected to attend the baby’s christening.
Also expected to make an appearance are Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Kate’s family.
A statement released by Kensington Palace read: “The christening of Prince Louis will take place on Monday 9th July at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace.
Coincidentally or not, the date of the baptism falls one week after George finishes his school year and Charlotte’s summer break starts. And we expect to see them together among the others at the major family event.
Prince Louis will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
“The service will begin at 1600hrs and will last approximately 40 minutes.”
The godparents of the baby are expected to be announced on the morning of the christening. Most probably William and Kate will again choose mostly close friends for the role.