Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip won't be at Louis' christening – here’s why

2018-07-09 15:30
 

Cape Town - Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will miss the christening of their sixth great-grandchild but it’s not due to health reasons, Daily Mail reports.

According to The Telegraph, the great-grandparents of Prince Louis (11 weeks) will miss the service in the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace, London, because of other commitments.

The queen (92) will be travelling back from Norfolk on Monday to attend the centenary celebrations of the RAF at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. She’s also due to welcome US president Donald Trump at Windsor on Friday.

Prince Philip (97), on the other hand, has retired from royal duties and is enjoying his free time in London.

Louis, the third and youngest addition to the family of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is being baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Monday afternoon at 16:00.

The monarch, a devout Christian, and Prince Philip attended the christening of Louis’ older siblings, George and Charlotte.

George was dedicated at the Chapel Royal in 2013 while Charlotte was baptised in the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandrigham, Norfolk.

While royal officials deny the royal couple’s absence has anything to do with ill health, the UK’s Express notes that both have recently experienced health problems.

Philip was hospitalised after undergoing hip surgery and falling ill. The queen was forced to have an operation after dealing with a cataract problem.

However, both are believed to be recovering well after a series of public appearances.

SOURCES: DAILY MAIL, THE TELEGRAPH, EXPRESS.CO.UK

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