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Things to look out for at the royal christening

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis outside the Lindo Wing (Dominic Lipinski/PA) Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

Prince Louis will be christened behind closed doors in a private ceremony.

Proud parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Louis’s older siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be there for the service on Monday in the Chapel Royal at London’s St James’s Palace.

Here are some things to look out for on Prince Louis’s big day:

  • The star of the show

As he is taken to and from the service, it will be the first time Louis has been seen – other than in photographs released by Kensington Palace – since making his public debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing.

Prince Louis in his mother’s arms on the steps of the Lindo Wing Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Prince George gurgled and blew bubbles ahead of his christening in 2013, while Princess Charlotte was seen crying as she was about to be taken into church in 2015.

  • Charlotte’s wave

Charlotte – who is only three – is becoming known for her polished public appearances where she confidently gives a royal wave for the cameras.

Princess Charlotte waves to the crowd as she rides in a car to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA

  • Will Prince George get bored?

George was spotted looking less than enthused at the Trooping the Colour celebrations in 2017.

The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, Prince George and The Duke of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace Credit: Yui Mok/PA

George, who is nearly five, is expected to join his family for the 40-minute church service, but royal nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo could be on hand in her traditional Norland uniform to look after her charges.

  • The godparents

William and Kate’s choice of godparents offers an insight into their trusted inner circle.

In the past, the duke and duchess have chosen close friends and confidantes including their university friend Oliver Baker and Kate’s school friend Sophie Carter.

  • Pippa’s bump

Kate’s sister Pippa Matthews, who is expected to attend, is pregnant with her first child.

Pippa Matthews at Harry and Meghan’s wedding Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

  • The Duchess of Sussex

It will be Meghan’s first time at a royal christening if she attends as expected.

All eyes will be on the duchess’s choice of outfit and whether she continues her trend of opting for a neutral palette.

The Duchess of Sussex is expected to be among guests Credit: Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA

Royal fans will also be looking for signs of broodiness as she joins the Cambridges’ young children at the service.

Meghan’s father Thomas Markle has revealed her longing for a family, saying: “There’s got to be a child in the making, somewhere soon”.

  • The frilly christening gown

Royal babies are baptised in the same intricate cream lace christening gown.

Prince George wearing the royal christening gown Credit: John Stillwell/PA

It is a replica of a 19th century one used for most of Queen Victoria’s children which is now too delicate to wear.

  • Remembering Diana

At the christening of William’s children, there has usually been a poignant nod to the duke’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who was killed in a car crash in 1997.

William’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales Credit: PA

The princess’s friend Julia Samuel was made George’s godmother, while Diana’s niece Laura Fellowes is one of Charlotte’s.

The Chapel Royal is where Diana’s coffin lay before her funeral to allow her family to pay their last respects.