Here’s why Prince Louis will not be at next week’s royal wedding

Louis, Meghan and Harry

Kensington Palace has announced that the littlest royal, newborn Prince Louis, will not be attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding on May 19, and we’ve got to say it makes perfect sense.

No Louis for you!

Of course, we’ll be a tiny bit disappointed that we don’t get to see Louis in his baby sailor suit/wee knickerbocker-style wedding finery, but considering he was only born a few weeks previously it follows that he’s a little too fresh to have a role.

Louis was born on April 23, making him just shy of 4 weeks old on the day of the nuptials. We can’t imagine anywhere a baby would like to be less than a globally televised wedding alongside busy parents, surrounded by hundreds of strangers keen to pinch his little cheeks. 

It also seems a wise decision as newborn babies are especially susceptible to infections and bugs in those early days, as they establish their own immunity.

The Telegraph reports that, “While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will both be there, with their older children Prince George and Princess Charlotte expected to be in the bridal party, the newborn Louis will stay away from the public eye.” 

It’s thought that Louis will be in the care of the royal nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, stationed close to the proceedings so his parents can pop in on him during the day. 

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Watching from Australia

Louis’ uncle Prince Harry is set to wed former actor Meghan Markle on Saturday May 19 at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Australians can tune in and watch the wedding LIVE on Saturday May 19 at 7:30pm AEST.

It’s on both SBS and SBS On Demand. Myf Warhurst and comedian Joel Creasey will be hosting the coverage, alongside journalist Ray Martin. On the ABC, Annabel Crabb and Jeremy Ferandez will host the royal wedding. The commercial channels have their own coverage planned on Saturday too.

Invitations have been posted to 600 lucky guests, with a select 200 close friends invited to an after party at Frogmore House, Windsor,” the Telegraph says.

A modern, family affair

It’s already been revealed that Prince William will act as Harry’s best man, and Meghan’s dad Thomas is set to walk his daughter down the aisle. 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are thought to be stepping into the pageboy and flower girl roles they so adorably played at Pippa Middleton’s wedding last year.

A lemon and elderflower cake baked by Instagram star baker Claire Ptak breaks with the usual fruity wedding cake tradition. Florist Philippa Craddock is designing the blooms for the day and caterer Table Talk (who catered Kate and Wills, as well as Pippa’s wedding) is charged with preparing the wedding breakfast.

Little is known about other exciting details such as Meghan’s dress (Ralph & Russo?), the honeymoon destination (possibly Namibia?) or the rings, at this point. 

A carriage ride

Once the ceremony is complete, the couple will head out of the church, past the 2,640 charity workers, community champions and school children who were invited to watch the wedding from inside the walls of Windsor Castle. 

The newlyweds then leave Windsor Castle by carriage, waving to assembled crowds lining the streets before they head off to the first of two wedding receptions. The first – a formal affair in the afternoon – is for 600 guests and will be hosted by The Queen. The second is a smaller evening event hosted by Prince Charles. Two hundred of Meghan and Harry’s family and friends will attend that one.

Updated titles are the final pieces to fall into place – apart from a loved-up life together, of course! Meghan will become an HRH (Her Royal Highness) and possibly a Duchess. Harry will receive a new title on his wedding day too, possibly the Duke of Sussex.

Quick! Stock up on your Brit-snacks and pop a reminder in your phone for 7.30pm on Saturday 19 May, royal fans!


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