Royal watchers were given an unexpected treat on Sunday evening, when Kensington Palace released photos from Prince Louis’s christening.
In the photos, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge proudly pose with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and two-and-a-half month old little Louis, alongside members of the royal family during a private tea luncheon at Clarence House.
Alongside her husband, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle continues to make royal history as the first person of colour featured in an official royal christening portrait.
Noticeably absent from the portrait are the Queen and husband Prince Philip, who opted out of their great grandson’s baptism. This also marks the first official portrait of an heir to the throne where the Queen isn’t pictured.
But although she couldn’t be there to celebrate, a portrait of Her Majesty is featured in the background of the family portraits out of respect.
Taken by photographer Matt Holyoak, the photos offer a personal, more intimate look at the royal family and the obvious affection both Prince William and Kate Middleton have for their children.
In one family portrait, the bond of the children is evident, with Princess Charlotte looking adoringly at her little brother and holding his hand, while brother Prince George sits playfully on their father’s lap.
An additional photo was shared by Kensington Palace early Monday morning that featured a laughing Prince Louis and the Duchess, taken by photographer, Matt Proteous.