Prince Louis has become the eighth royal baby to wear the Honiton christening gown after he was christened at the Royal Chapel in St James’ Palace on Monday.
What is the Honiton christening gown?
The frilled satin dress is a replica of the baptism garment first worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, back in 1841.
Since then, the christening gown has become a cultural marker in the regal history books as it has been worn by 62 royals in total including Princes Harry and William.
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Five monarchs have worn the dress on their big day from King Edward VII to George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.
The last member of the family to wear the lace number was Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, at her 2004 christening.
According to reports, Queen Elizabeth II then asked her personal dresser Angela Kelly for a replica of the gown to be made.
In a bid to create a garment as close to the original as possible, it is believed that Kelly collaborated with craftsmen in Britain and Italy on the project.
Which members of the royal family have worn the replica gown?
The first member of the royal family to wear the replica gown was Lady Louise of Windsor’s younger brother, James, Viscount Servern, back in 2008.
The imitation has since been worn by Mike and Zara Tindall’s eldest daughter Mia, Savannah and Isla Phillips and Lord Frederick Windsor’s daughter Maud.
In keeping with royal tradition, the water used for Louis’ christening had been sourced from the River Jordan.
Prince Louis’ 40-minute christening service was a small family affair though Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were not in attendance.
The royal pair both attended Prince George’s 2013 christening and Princess Charlotte’s service back in 2015. They have not given a reason for their absence.
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