Emotional and historical significance of the Chapel chosen for the christening of Prince Louis

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Vogue: Kate Middleton and Prince William have announced that Prince Louis will be welcomed into the Church of England on July 9 at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, London. His godparents are expected to be announced the morning of the event.

Built in the 1500s by King Henry VIII, the Chapel Royal has long been a standby location for both royal events and private family moments. It’s steeped in royal history, even beyond christenings. It was the setting for Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840 to Prince Albert, and Queen Elizabeth II’s grandparents, the eventual King George V and Queen Mary, married there in 1893.

The space also holds special significance for Prince William, as it is where his mother Princess Diana’s coffin was kept for five days after she was brought back from Paris.


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