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Prince Louis's Christening Date Has a Special Meaning to the Royal Family

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 6/20/2018 Caroline Picard

a group of people standing in front of a building: Princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth (the future Queen Mother), King George VI, and Princess Margaret pose for a portrait in the Buckingham Palace on July 9, 1947. © AFP - Getty Images Princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth (the future Queen Mother), King George VI, and Princess Margaret pose for a portrait in the Buckingham Palace on July 9, 1947. Prince William and Kate Middleton publicly announced the date of Prince Louis's royal christening today. The Archbishop of Canterbury will baptize their third child on July 9, 2018, at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace, a statement from Kensington Palace confirmed.

The Monday ceremony will initiate the prince into the Church of England, but it also coincides with another important occasion for the royal family. The baby's great-grandparents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip announced their engagement on July 9, 1947 - exactly 71 years earlier.

Their marriage never came as given. Princess Elizabeth fought to marry her longtime sweetheart, who was seen as a potentially problematic match. The pair first met eight years earlier when her family toured the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth and afterwards began exchanging letters. The heir presumptive was just 13 at the time - five years younger than the naval cadet - but quickly fell in love.

Prince Philip had descended from Greek and Danish royalty, but his relatives were exiled from Greece when he was just an infant. His lack of financial standing and place of birth would undoubtedly stir up controversy, so the suitor first secretly proposed in Scotland in 1946.

Although his fiancée quickly agreed, her father King George had the couple wait a year to publicly announce their engagement. Prince Philip renounced his foreign titles, converted to Anglicanism, and took the British royal family's surname Mountbatten in order to marry the future Queen of England.

a man and woman posing for a photo: Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten stand outside Buckingham Palace on July 11, 1947 after announcing their engagement publicly. © Topical Press Agency - Getty Images Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten stand outside Buckingham Palace on July 11, 1947 after announcing their engagement publicly.

By the time they announced their engagement, Princess Elizabeth was 21. The couple wed six months later on November 20, 1947 in Westminster Abbey in London, and the rest is history. They've since produced four children, eight grandchildren, and now six great-grandchildren.

Prince Louis will be christened on July 9, 2018, at St. James's Palace in London. The date also marks the 71st anniversary of his great-grandparents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's engagement announcement in 1947.: The Royal Christening Date Has a Special Meaning © Samir Hussein - Getty Images The Royal Christening Date Has a Special Meaning Whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge intentionally chose this historic date or not, the christening of Prince Louis on July 9th makes this an especially meaningful day to the royal family.

Related: 'Lewis' or 'Louie'? Here's the Correct Way to Pronounce the Royal Baby's Name [Provided by Buzz60]

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