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Queen Elizabeth II to miss great-grandson Prince Louis' christening

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Britain's and her husband will miss the private ceremony during which their great-grandson, Louis, will be christened in here today.

said the decision was not related to any health issues faced by the 92-year-old monarch and the 97-year-old but had been taken "some time ago" that they would not be among the guests at the ceremony in the Chapel at

With the hosting US later this week, the decision to miss the christening has been linked with her busy week ahead.

Louis, the third child of Prince and Middleton and fifth-in-line to the British throne, was born on April 23 this year. The christening, or baptism, is a traditional ceremony of to God.

announced on Monday that and Kate, the Duke and of Cambridge, had chosen Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, and as the six godparents for their youngest son. They are all friends and family members who will be present at the ceremony led by the of Canterbury

Welby tweeted that he was "delighted and privileged" to be baptising the young prince.

Prince Louis will wear the handmade replica of the Christening Robe, made by Angela Kelly, to The The Lily Font and water from the will be used during the baptism, said, confirming that 11-week-old Louis will be wearing the same robe worn by his older brother Prince George and sister during their christening ceremonies.

Following the service, The Duke and of will give a private tea at Clarence House. Guests will be served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from the Duke and of Cambridge's wedding cake, the palace said.

Among the limited guests will be Louis' newly-wed uncle and aunt Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, along with Kate's pregnant sister and their brother

Prince Louis' grandfather, Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall will also attend the ceremony.

Matt Holyoak, whose work has been displayed in London's iconic National Portrait Gallery, will be the

was born in the private of at Paddington in the same place where his elder siblings were born.

While George, now four years old, was also christened at the Chapel in St James' Palace, their three-year-old sister was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham on the Queen's estate.

The Royal Christening Robe, of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Royal. The original gown was subsequently worn for all royal christenings, including the queen, her children and her grandchildren, until the youngest of the queen's eight grandchildren, James, Viscount Severn.

The queen commissioned to make a hand-made replica of the Royal Christening Robe in order to preserve the original.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 20:25 IST
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