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Prince Louis
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Full name
Louis Arthur Charles
Born 23 April 2018 (age 2)
St. Mary's Hospital, London, England
House Windsor
Father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Mother Catherine Middleton
Religion Church of England
The Royal Family of the
United Kingdom
and the
other Commonwealth realms
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HM The Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


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Prince Louis of Cambridge (full name: Louis Arthur Charles; born 23 April 2018) is a member of the British royal family. He is the third and youngest child and second son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Currently he is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Announcement Edit

On 4 September 2017, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their third child. On 17 October 2017, they confirmed that the child was due in April 2018.[1] The Duchess began her eleven-week maternity leave on 22 March 2018.[2]

Birth and christening Edit

Their son was born at 11:01 BST (10:01 UTC) on 23 April 2018.[3][4][5] He was first seen in public seven hours after his birth, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital. On 24 April, gun salutes from the Tower of London and Hyde Park and bell ringings at Westminster Abbey marked the birth.[6]

On 27 April 2018, it was announced that the baby had been named Louis Arthur Charles,[7] the first and last names honouring his paternal great-great-great-uncle Lord Mountbatten and his paternal grandfather the Prince of Wales, respectively.[8] Louis is pronounced LOO-ee (/ˈluːi/).[9]

He has two older siblings: Prince George (born 22 July 2013) and Princess Charlotte (born 2 May 2015).

Main article: Christening of Prince Louis of Cambridge

On 9 July 2018, Prince Louis was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, using water from the River Jordan according to tradition.[10] Louis's godparents are Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Gillingham Carter, and Lucy Middleton.[11] ouis wore the replica of the royal christening gown, created in 2008 as a copy of the 1841 gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter Victoria, Princess Royal, and used for every royal christening until it was retired for preservation in 2004. The font was also first used in 1841.[12]

Title and succession Edit

Louis is, from birth, a prince of the United Kingdom, entitled to the style of Royal Highness under letters patent issued by his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on 31 December 2012, which gave the title and style to all children of the Prince of Wales's eldest son.[13] He is thus styled "His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge".[8]

Prince Louis is fifth in the line of succession to the British throne, behind his grandfather, father and older siblings. Following the implementation of the Perth Agreement, which replaced male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture, he is the first British prince to be ranked behind an elder sister in the line of succession.[14]

References Edit

  1. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child due in April, say 'delighted' couple. The Daily Telegraph
  2. The Duchess of Cambridge Is Officially on Maternity Leave. Town & Country
  3. Duchess gives birth to baby boy. BBC News
  4. Prince Louis. Buckingham Palace
  5. Royal baby: Duke and duchess show off new son. BBC News
  6. {Royal baby: Prince Charles feels 'great joy' for new grandson. BBC News
  7. Royal baby: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge name their baby son Louis. The Guardian
  8. 8.0 8.1 Prince Louis Arthur Charles: New royal baby name announced by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Telegraph
  9. Royal baby named Prince Louis. BBC News
  10. Prince Louis to be baptised on 9 July. BBC News
  11. The Christening of Prince Louis: guests and godparents. The Royal Family
  12. Prince Louis christening: George and Charlotte seen with brother for first time. BBC News
  13. No. 60384The London Gazette. 8 January 2013. p. 213.
  14. Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to new prince. BBC News

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