Prince Louis' official christening photos have been released by Kensington Palace, and they're adorable

Prince Louis' official christening photos have been released by Kensington Palace, and they're adorable

It's a fact that, after the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier this year, more people than ever are taking an intense interest in the royal family. Yes, even over in the United States, where liberty-hungry colonists once threw off the oppression of King George, people have caught royalism, and are desperate for info about them. Which is a good thing for them, because the royals are arguably under more media scrutiny than ever before. Luckily for them, thanks to Harry, Meghan and Kate Middleton's good looks, they've never looked better on camera, and the young children are all as cute as can be.

This week, Will and Kate's new baby boy, Prince Louis, was christened at The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. The royal family has graciously consented to release four pictures of the special day, taken by celebrity photographer Matt Holyoak following the baptism. Taken in the morning room and garden of Clarence House, the images of the 9 July ceremony offer the public a candid look at the domestic life of the royals.

Aside from Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Kate's sister Pippa and brother James also appeared in the photo, as well as William and Kate's eldest son, Prince George, and daughter, Princess Charlotte.

Notably absent from the ceremony were Queen Elizabeth herself and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The queen apparently made the decision not to attend the christening, since she was already busy with affairs of state: on Tuesday the 92-year-old monarch was expected to attend an event marking the 100 anniversary of the Royal Air Force, and was then expected to meet with President Donald Trump on Friday, as part of his visit to the United Kingdom.

However, both Prince William and his father Prince Charles have provoked controversy this week by reportedly refusing to meet with President Trump during his state visit. Instead the the Prince of Wales attended a board meeting at Highgrove and an event with Gloucestershire Police while the Duke of Cambridge participated in a charity polo match instead. A source close to the royal family told British newspaper The Sunday Times that "This business of Prince Charles and Prince William not being there for the Trump visit was a snub ... They simply refused to attend. It’s a very, very unusual thing for the Queen to be there on her own."

Well at least the family were able to enjoy a charming day together, and they all look very happy in each other's company. I'm sure we'll see more pictures of little baby Louis in days to come: at least we know that the little mite is as photogenic as his parents. For now though, we'll have to give them some privacy.