Trending Traditions : Royal Christening Gown

 

Couple of days ago, Kensington Palace released new photographs of Princess Charlotte and Prince George together for the first time to mark her first month. No sooner than the tweets went viral, came the much awaited news about the royal christening ceremony of Princess Charlotte on 5 July, 2015. Like royal babies before her, the future Princess Royal will adorn the royal christening gown commissioned by her great grandmother HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. This is only the second gown made since 1841 for the ceremony.

Historically the Victorian gown has been worn by all royal babies that was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 at the birth of her eldest daughter Princess Victoria. It has been witness to 62 royal christening including King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince William and Prince Harry. Lady Louise, the daughter of Earl and Countess of Wessex was the last of the long line of royals to be christened in the Victorian vintage gown. Its creator, Janet Sutherland was revealed much recently, and its said the gown has taken inspiration from the wedding dress of Queen Victoria. Janet Sutherland made the exquisite piece of British royal history with Honiton lace and mantle over layed on white satin and Spitalfields silk. The replica made in 2004 has the exact resemblance and the original has been given for restoration as the Queen thought it too frail for further engagements. You can watch the video where young Prince William is being introduced to its long lineage while waiting for Prince Harry’s christening ceremony. 

 

The new gown was first worn by James Viscount Severn and later by Savannah and Isla Phillips, daughters of Peter Phillips and granddaughters of Princess Anne. Prince George was the first heir to the throne in the line of future kings to be christened in it, while Princess Charlotte will be the next royal baby and the first princess to be christened in the gown.

While you take inspiration from the royal christening gown for your baby’s ceremony we have gathered some trinkets to gift your baby on the celebrated occasion. If you too are celebrating the christening of your child on the same day as the princess do share your experience on the comment thread.

For further information on the trinkets please visit JohnLewis.com

 

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