Heritage
Why Queen Elizabeth Isn't in Prince Louis's Christening Portraits
Plus, how the photos paid tribute to the British monarch.
IMAGE MATT HOLYOAK/CAMERA PRESS/REDUX
Comments

Kensington Palace just released Prince Louis's christening portraits, which were taken at Clarence House shortly after the religious ceremony. While the photos of the whole family included a few new members, namely Meghan Markle and Pippa Middleton's husband James Matthews, they were also missing Gan-Gan, Prince Louis's great-grandmother the Queen.


Both the Queen and Prince Philip missed Louis's baptism on Monday, and therefore weren't there for the official portraits marking the occasion. According to the Press Association,"The decision [for the Queen and Prince Philip to miss Louis's christening] was not made on health grounds, Buckingham Palace says, and it is understood to have been mutually agreed by the Queen and the Cambridges some time ago."



At the time, royal correspondent Richard Palmer also reported that "the Cambridges are 'relaxed' about it."



The royal couple likely didn't attend due to the Queen's busy schedule this week. On Tuesday, she participated in a number of events marking the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force and on Friday, she met with US President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle.

That said, photographer Matt Holyoak did include a hidden tribute to the British monarch in Louis's official christening photos. Just over Michael Middleton's shoulder is a portrait of the Queen.

This isn't the first time a member of the royal family missed a christening. Prince Harry was not at Princess Charlotte's christening back in 2015. According to People, he was in Africa at the time, working with endangered animals in Namibia.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

Comments
About The Author
Caroline Hallemann
View Other Articles From Caroline Hallemann
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
There's plenty to look forward to at this year's edition.
 
Share
From simple sandals for tourists to styling Beyoncé, the Italian company has come a long way in 60 years.
 
Share
 
Share
 
Share
Secret bars you've never heard of, a Swedish visual artist making her Asian debut, a month-long film festival, and more.
 
Share
The daily essentials to keep us alive and kicking throughout the day.
 
Share
Nicole Kidman posted a sweet Instagram in honor of the occasion.
 
Share
Before Princess Eugenie ties the knot, we're reliving her parents' big day.
 
Share
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US