And now, we finally have the date, on which Prince Louis’ christening will be held. But, do you know, it has something special hidden in it?
The christening will be held on July 9. It also marks an important anniversary.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate have publicly announced the date of Prince Louis’s royal christening. Prince Louis will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury. It will take place on July 9, 2018, at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace.
This ceremony will initiate Louis into the Church of England, but it also has another important occasion for the royal family
Prince Louis’ great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip announced their engagement on July 9, 1947. That is exactly 71 years earlier. Their royal marriage never came as given.
Princess Elizabeth fought to marry her longtime sweetheart, while he was seen as a problematic match. The couple first met when her family toured the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. And then, they began exchanging letters.
Queen Elizabeth, was just 13-year-old then. She was five years younger than the Duke of Edinburgh but quickly fell in love with him.
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There were a lot of problems, but they somehow managed to pass them.
Prince Philip had descended from Greek and Danish royalty, but his relatives were exiled from Greece. They were exiled when he was just an infant. He knew his lack of financial standing and place of birth would create controversy.
So, he first secretly proposed in Scotland in 1946. Although his fiancée quickly agreed, her father, King George did not. He had the couple wait a year to publicly announce their engagement.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Philip then renounced his foreign titles, converted to Anglicanism. And, he then took the British royal family’s surname Mountbatten in order to marry the future Queen of England.
And, the couple started their new lives together.
By the time they announced their engagement, Princess Elizabeth was 21. The couple then wed six months later on November 20, 1947, in Westminster Abbey. They’ve since had four children, eight grandchildren, and now six great-grandchildren.
Whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate intentionally chose this historic date or not, the christening of Louis on July 9th makes this day truly meaningful to the royal family.