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Why Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were unable to attend Prince Louis’ Christening?


Sadly, the most important royals of the British family missed their great-grandson’s christening. 

Prince Louis’ christening took place in the Chapel Royal of St. James’ Palace in London on 9 July.

Also read: Everything you need to know about Prince Louis’s christening.

Many members of the royal family were in attendance. The Royal Family’s official website had revealed that among the guests at Prince Louis’ special day will be his grandparents, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Prince Louis’ recently announced godparents and their spouses, Kate Middleton’s parents, Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, and Kate’s brother, James Middleton. Notably missing from the list of attendees were Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

The United Kingdom’s Press Association said the decision is understood not to have been taken for health reasons.  It was mutually agreed by the Queen and Louis’ parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, some time ago.

After retiring from public life last August, Prince Philip, now 97, has appeared on only a handful of occasions. In April he underwent his hip surgery. Although he was able to attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just a few weeks later, walking unaided.

Queen Elizabeth, 92, has also begun to scale back her duties because of her advancing age, handing over some of her responsibilities to her heir, Prince Charles.

Late last month, she missed a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral because she was feeling unwell, Buckingham Palace said.

The christening came at the beginning of a busy week for the monarch, who is due to attend celebrations in London marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force Tuesday and to meet United States of America President Donald Trump in Windsor on Friday.

Also read: 9th July marks a very important day in the life of Queen Elizabeth.

Prince Louis was born on April 23 and is a younger brother to blue blood George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3.

The baby wore a hand-crafted duplicate of the Royal christening robe, that was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest female offspring, according to Kensington Palace. It absolutely was worn for all royal christenings till 2008, once the Queen commissioned her garment-worker, Angela Kelly, to make a replica in order to preserve the original, the Palace said.

Following the service, guests were invited to a personal tea at Clarence House, home to Prince of Wales and his spouse, Camilla.

They were served slices of cake taken from a tier of William and Catherine’s wedding cake, the Palace said. Made in 2011, the cake comprised 17 individual fruit cakes on eight tiers, one amongst which was reserved to celebrate future christenings.