6th went: Prince Louis' baptismal dress24.05.2022
Preparations for the christening of Prince Louis , which will take place on July 9, are in full swing! Many details of the baptism of the youngest son of Kate Middleton and Prince William have already become known, including the outfit in which he will appear at the ceremony and subsequent official pictures.
Baby Louis, as is customary, will wear the same baptismal attire as his older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte .
However, the baptismal dress (shirt) in the royal family has a very long and interesting history. In a tradition dating back hundreds of years, all royal babies were christened shortly after birth in the same dress. Its original was made in 1841 by Scotswoman Janet Sutherland, commissioned by Queen Victoria for her first child, Princess Victoria . The design was inspired by the Queen’s wedding dress, and the outfit itself was made from Spitalfields and Honiton lace.
Christening of the future Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ (1926)
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Christening of Princess Margaret (1930)
Christening of Prince Charles (1948)
Christening of Princess Anne (1950)
Christening of Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960)
Christening of Prince Edward, Duke of Wessex (1964)
The Christening of Peter Phillips (1977)
The Christening of Zara Phillips (1981)
Christening of Prince William (1982)
Prince Harry’s Christening (1984)
Christening of Princess Eugenie (1990)
For the next 163 years, all royal children wore the same christening dress, including the Queen herself, Prince Charles , Princes William and Harry . After each ceremony, it was washed by hand with spring water, dried and carefully stored in a dark room. In total, 62 babies were baptized in original Victorian clothes!
The last of these was Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor , daughter of the Earls of Wessex, christened in 2004.
After the ceremony, chief royal stylist Angela Kelly said the robe was “too fragile” and not suitable for further use. She ordered a copy of the famous dress, which was first worn by James Windsor, Viscount Severn – the only son of the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Edward – in 2008.
In later years, this replica was worn by Jorda’s famous cousin Savannah Phillips and her sister Isla , Prince George and Princess Charlotte . Little Louis will be the sixth child to wear a “new version” of the famous outfit.
Christening of Savannah Phillips (2011)
Christening of Prince George (2013) and Princess Charlotte (2015)
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Can’t wait to see Prince Louis wearing this attire in official christening photos!
What do you think about the tradition of passing down the christening gown from generation to generation? And how do you like the outfit?
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