Full tradition for Archie's secret christening: Harry and Meghan's son will wear historic gown

Mail Online | 7/6/2019 | Miranda Aldersley For Mailonline
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Baby Archie will wear the historic royal robe worn by his cousins for today's christening ceremony, while his portraits will be taken in the same drawing room as his parents' wedding photos and where Charles and Diana celebrated Harry's own christening.

Archie will be christened at a 'small, private' ceremony at Windsor Castle, where he will become the ninth royal baby to be christened in the Honiton lace and white satin gown first used at the christening of James, Viscount Severn in 2008.

Outfit - Replica - Lace - Satin - Gown

The frilly cream outfit is a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter that was used for all royal baptisms until Lady Louise Windsor's in 2004.

Along with Viscount Severn, Archie's cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all wore the gown, as did Lord Frederick Windsor's daughter Maud and Zara Tindall's little girl, Mia.

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It was created by the Queen's dresser Angela Kelly, and features the same lengthy skirt and elaborate collars and bow as its predecessor.

The original robe, made in 1841, was worn by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry among others, and has now been carefully preserved.

Tradition - Water - Archie - Christening - Water

In keeping with tradition, the water used for Archie's christening will be holy water from the River Jordan, where it is said Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.

The ornate silver gilt Lily Font – part of the Crown Jewels - will also form part of the proceedings.

Font - Queen - Victoria - Prince - Albert

The baptismal font, comissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 after the birth of their first child, Victoria, was first used at The Princess Royal's christening in 1841 and has been a feature of Royal christenings ever since.

The official photographs of Archie's christening will be taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle,...
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