After the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (the couple formerly known as Kate and Wills) released the first four official photographs from baby Prince Louis’ christening, the royal family has shared another tender moment.
By all accounts, this image – shared to Instagram on Monday night, Australian time – is the couple’s favourite.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released an additional photograph taken following the christening of Prince Louis,” the image’s caption read.
“The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do.”
The pictures were taken by renowned portrait photographer Matt Holyoak in the Morning Room at Clarence House, the London residence of the little Prince’s grandparents, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
They feature in the images, as do Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as Duchess Catherine’s family – parents Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton, and siblings James and Pippa.
The intimate July 9 event was held at The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London, and only the young royal’s immediate family, godparents and their spouses were in attendance.
Louis’ great grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, were unable to attend, with the Palace citing the monarch’s busy schedule.
It was the first official outing for Louis, who was born on April 23 at St Mary’s Hospital, London.
Photographer Holyoak said he was “honoured” to have been a part of the “happy event”.
“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,” Holyoak said in a statement, reports PEOPLE.
“Everyone was so relaxed and in such good spirits, it was an absolute pleasure. I only hope I have captured some of that joy in my photographs.”
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