​First Photos Surface Of Cambridge Family Together For Prince Louis' Christening

The first photos of the Cambridge family together have surfaced, after they were snapped as a fivesome heading into St James' Palace for the christening of Prince Louis.

As the young prince was carried inside by his mother, it was the first time the five of them have been photographed together as a family.

For the christening, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also welcomed Charles and Camilla, Harry and Meghan, Kate's parents Michael and Carole, sister Pippa and her husband James Matthews, along with their brother James.

For the responsibilities of godparents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked international business developer Nicholas van Cutsem, Will's and Harry's pal Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher - who was an usher at Wills and Kate's wedding - Kate's school pal Hannah Gillingham, Lady Laura Meade - whose husband is a godfather to Charlotte - and Kate's cousin Lucy Middleton.

According to the official website for the Royal Family, Wills and Kate chose the two hymns 'O Jesus, I Have Promised' and 'Lord of All Hopefulness' for the occasion. They also opted for lessons from St. Mark 10: 13-16, read by Lucy Middleton, and Ephesians 3: 14-19, read by Guy Pelly.

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The anthems were 'This is the Day Which the Lord Hath Made', which was composed for their 2011 wedding, and 'Suo Gân', a traditional Welsh lullaby.

Wee Louis was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, using the Lily Font and water from the River Jordan.

He was wearing the Royal Christening Robe, which is made of fine Honiton lace lined with satin, and was created for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, back in 1841.

The original gown was worn for all royal christenings including that of The Queen, her children and her grandchildren - until the youngest of her eight grandkids, James, Viscount Severn.

The Queen then commissioned someone to make a hand-made repilca of the robe in order to preserve the original - with James, Viscount Severn being the first to wear it in 2008.

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After the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave guests cake taken from one of the eight tiers of their seven-year-old wedding cake.

Prince Louis was born on 23 April, with Kensington Palace announcing the happy news on Twitter, sharing a statement that read: "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz.

"The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news."

The little LAD was born at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, shortly after it was announced she had gone into labour.

As with tradition, a framed proclamation announcing the birth was also placed behind the gates at Buckingham Palace.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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