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Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to miss Louis’s christening

The 11-week-old prince is being baptised in the Chapel Royal by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are to miss Prince Louis of Cambridge’s christening, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

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.

The monarch, 92, has a busy week ahead, with high-profile celebrations in central London marking the centenary of the RAF on Tuesday, and a visit by US President Donald Trump in Windsor on Friday.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, has retired from public duties and has been enjoying his free time away from London.

Louis, the 11-week-old youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is being baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Monday afternoon in the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace in London.

His six godparents were announced as: Nicholas van Cutsem; Guy Pelly; Harry Aubrey-Fletcher; The Lady Laura Meade; Mrs Robert Carter; and Miss Lucy Middleton.

The christening will be a small affair for immediate family, the godparents and their spouses.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be there to see younger brother Louis’s big day in the intimate surrounding of the oak panelled Chapel Royal.

Grandfather the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall will be present, along with Louis’ maternal grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also be guests, as will Kate’s brother James Middleton, and Kate’s pregnant sister Pippa with husband James Matthews – the brother of former Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews.

The Queen has been spending time with the duke in Norfolk, and will be travelling back to London on Monday.

The monarch missed a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 28 because she was feeling “under the weather”.

But she was in Edinburgh last week carrying out engagements for the annual Holyrood week.

She had surgery on her eye in May to remove a cataract.

Philip had a successful hip replacement operation in April, but was well enough to attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May.

The monarch and Philip attended the christening of Louis’ older siblings George at the Chapel Royal in 2013 and Charlotte in the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk in 2015.

As head of the Church of England, the Queen is a committed Christian and has a deep religious faith.

She also went to the christenings of her other great-grandchildren Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall, but neither she nor the duke are thought to have gone to Isla Phillips’s in 2012.

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