(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – After almost a week of waiting, Prince Louis’s official christening photos are finally here. The series of four portraits (three below and the one above) were taken by Matt Holyoak at Clarence House, the official residence of Prince Charles, after the littlest Prince’s christening on July 9 at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace in London.
While the portraits are quite similar to those taken in honor of George and Charlotte’s christenings, one primary difference is the number of people in the photos. Since Charlotte was christened in 2015, Meghan Markle has joined the royal family. She and Prince Harry tied the knot back in May and became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
On the Middleton side, Kate’s sister Pippa has also gotten married in the past three years, and her husband James Matthews joined the family portrait. As evidenced by Pippa’s slight bump in the picture, she and James are currently expecting their first child together.
While there were additions to the pictures, there were also members of the family missing. The Queen and Prince Philip did not attend Louis’s christening, likely due to this week’s busy schedule of events, and so they are not in the portraits.
Additionally, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen a different photographer to take the christening portraits of each of their children. Prince George’s christening photos were taken by Jason Bell on October 23, 2013 in the Morning Room at Clarence House. Princess Charlotte’s christening photos were taken by Mario Testino on July 5, 2015 at Sandringham House, the Queen’s country retreat.
Here’s how the big group photos compare between the royal babies, both past and present.