Wednesday 15 August 2018

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge release adorable Prince Louis christening photos

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released this additional photograph taken Monday 9th July by Matt Porteous in the garden at Clarence House, following Prince Louis's baptism at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace. Photo: Matt Porteous/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released this additional photograph taken Monday 9th July by Matt Porteous in the garden at Clarence House, following Prince Louis's baptism at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace. Photo: Matt Porteous/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released this official photograph to mark the christening of Prince Louis on Monday 9th July Photo: Matt Holyoak/Camera Press

Catherine Wylie

The christening of Prince Louis has been marked by the release of a collection of family photographs.

Four official images were taken by British photographer Matt Holyoak at Clarence House after Louis was baptised in The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace last Monday.

The photographs have been released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark the milestone.

In one photo, Kate and William are joined by their children, along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Middleton family including Kate's sister Pippa Matthews and her husband James.

Photo: Matt Holyoak/Camera Press
Photo: Matt Holyoak/Camera Press

Members of the royal family appear in another photo without the Middletons, a third photo features the Cambridge five and the fourth photo is an image of just Kate and Louis.

The photographs were taken in the morning room and garden at Clarence House.

Mr Holyoak said: "I was truly honoured at being asked to take the official photographs at the christening of Prince Louis, and to witness at first hand such a happy event.

"Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure.

Photo: Matt Holyoak/Camera Press
Photo: Matt Holyoak/Camera Press

"I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs."

Louis was sound asleep as he was carried into the Chapel Royal by Kate for the christening ceremony which lasted 40 minutes.

After the ceremony, the baby prince looked content and wiggled his fingers as Kate gazed down and beamed at him as she held him in her arms.

With Prince George and Princess Charlotte joining their parents for Louis's big day, it was the first time the Cambridges were seen together as a family of five.

Photo: Matt Holyoak/Camera Press
Photo: Matt Holyoak/Camera Press

Mr Holyoak has worked with a host of celebrities and his photos have regularly been splashed on the covers of magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Shortlist and Dazed and Confused.

He is not new to working with the royals, as he photographed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as part of a series of portraits released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

An additional photo has been released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge following the christening.

Following the release of four official photos, the couple decided to share a more relaxed photo of Prince Louis laughing in his mother's arms.

The picture was taken by photographer Matt Porteous, who also snapped Prince George on his fourth birthday last year.

The prince is pictured with his eyes wide and mouth open as mother Kate Middleton smiles.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace said they hoped the public liked the casual photo as much as the royal couple do.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an additional photograph taken following the christening of Prince Louis.

"The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do."

Read more: Kate Middleton beams with Prince Louis at his christening - with George and Charlotte by their side

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