Royal family: Queen and Prince Philip to miss Prince Louis' christening

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     NO ATTENDING The Queen and the Duke are not missing the christening due to health

Prince Louis will be christened later in a private ceremony in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace later today.

The chapel holds tremendous significance for the royal family: Louis' elder brother Prince George was also christened there, and the chapel was where the late Princess Diana's body was laid before her funeral.

The family of five stepped out for the first time looking picture flawless.

Louis' other godparents are: Nicholas van Cutsem, whose family is close to the royals; William's school pal Harry Aubrey-Fletcher; Laura Meade, who is married to William's close friend James Meade; Kate's schoolfriend Hannah Carter; and the duchess's cousin Lucy Middleton.

But the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were absent from the event, though the palace has said it wasn't for health reasons.

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For the ceremony, Prince Louis will wear the handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by Angela Kelly, Dressmaker to The Queen.

While walking hand-in-hand with her father, the Duke of Cambridge, Charlotte was heard telling photographers: "You're not coming!" as the family made their way to Louis' christening tea.

Three-year-old Charlotte grabbed the headlines when she walked hand-in-hand with her dad past all the press that were waiting outside the chapel.

Prince George's and Princess Charlotte's godparents are also close friends and relatives of the royal couple.

At her christening on July 5, 2015 at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, Princess Charlotte wore the very same christening gown.

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Prince Louis, who snoozed peacefully through proceedings, appeared to know he was in safe hands.

The duchess, who was wearing Alexander McQueen, added, with a smile: "I hope he stays like this".

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted Monday that he was "delighted" to be christening the third child of Prince William and Catherine. Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle looked gorgeous, as usual, but Princess Charlotte pulled off a wonderful look as well.

Kensington Palace said William's father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla would be present along with younger brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

The 34-year-old accessorized her outfit with a light blue fascinator and $695 Jimmy Choo pumps in a matching hue, along with a $1500 clutch by the same designer.

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