The real reason the Queen did not attend Prince Louis' christening

Olivia Morris
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Prince Louis’ christening was a family affair which saw all of our favourite royals step out in their best oufits at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.

But the head of the family, Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Philip were not in attendance.

The pair both previously attended Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s christenings, but chose not to attend Louis’ christening.

The Queen and Prince Philip did not attend Prince Louis’ christening. Source: Getty
It was “mutually agreed… some time ago” between Her Majesty and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that she and the Duke of Edinburgh would not be attendingSource: Getty

However, it was apparently “mutually agreed… some time ago” between Her Majesty and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that she and the Duke of Edinburgh would not be attending, sources told People.

The publication also reported the whole family was “comfortable with the arrangement”.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis. Source: Getty

As to why the Queen and Prince Philip did not attend the christening, it was for a pretty simple reason.

It’s due to the monarch “working flat out”.

Her Majesty was “working flat out” in Scotland last week. Source: Getty

“The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will not be attending today’s christening,” Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English tweeted. “There’s no health issue for the Queen.

“She was working flat out in Scotland last week and has got a busy few days in London with the RAF Centenary event tomorrow and #Trump on Friday.” 


As of recent, Her Majesty, 92, has slowly been cutting back on her duties and delegating more of her workload to the younger royals.

Last year the Queen watched from afar at the Remembrance Day ceremony in London for the first time during her 65-year reign as monarch.

Instead Prince Charles laid the wreath as the Queen watched on from a balcony.

Earlier in 2017, Prince Philip officially retired from public life.

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