Prince Louis on best behaviour for his big day

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Prince Louis of Cambridge was on his best behaviour for his christening – much to the relief of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The 11-week-old prince was sound asleep as he was carried into the Chapel Royal by his mother Kate.

The duchess added, with a smile: “I hope he stays like this.”

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The Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince Louis (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their parents for Louis’s big day at the chapel at St James’s Palace in London.

It is the first time the Cambridges have been seen together as a family of five.

Charlotte and George politely shook the archbishop’s hand as they arrived, with the Duke of Cambridge encouraging them with a “well done”.

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The Cambridges at Prince Louis’s baptism (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Baby Louis was dressed in the cream, frilly lace royal christening gown – a replica of the intricate robe made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841.

Among the guests in the oak-panelled chapel were Louis’s aunt and uncle the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart after attending the christening of Prince Louis (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were missing from the small family affair.

The decision is understood not to have been taken on health grounds, and to have been mutually agreed by the Queen and the Cambridges some time ago.

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William with George and Charlotte after the service (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, has retired from public duties.

The prince’s six godparents took part in the service, including Louis’ godfather Guy Pelly – who was once dubbed William and Harry’s “court jester” for his wild ways.

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Guy Pelly and his wife Lizzy arriving for the christening (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

There for the ceremony were Louis’s grandfather the Prince of Wales, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and maternal grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton.

Guests including Kate’s brother James Middleton, and Kate’s pregnant sister Pippa with her husband James Matthews – the brother of former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews – joined the royals for tea at Clarence House afterwards.

William and Kate served slices of fruit cake taken from the top tier of their wedding cake.

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Pippa Middleton arrives (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

According to reports the couple are expecting their first child in October and the birth will come just under 18 months after their wedding in May last year.

Charles is now the proud grandfather of three children while his wife Camilla has five grandchildren of her own.

At the end of the service the duchess fanned herself with the order of service against the stifling heat as she walked from the chapel.

She turned as she did so to look at Meghan who smiled in reply.

Kate is expected to spend the rest of the summer and possibly some of the autumn looking after her young family.

Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge, fifth in line to the throne, was born on St George’s Day, April 23, at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, weighing 8lb 7oz.

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