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Prince George to wear replica of 172-year-old christening gown

For 167 years, Britain’s royal babies wore a one-of-a-kind, custom-made, hand-me down Christening gown.

Ever since Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, over 30 newborns including Prince William, Prince Charles and the Queen, have all worn the same Honiton lace and white satin gown to mark their entrance into the Church of England.

Prince George, however, will wear a new form of the family heirloom to celebrate this historic and religious rite of passage.

Following the baptism of Lady Louise Windsor in 2004, it was decided the ancient garment was too delicate to be used again. As a result, the Queen commissioned an exact replica of the 1841 christening gown to replace the original robe.
 

 
Prince William, Prince Charles, and the Queen all wore the same Honiton lace and white satin gown to mark their entrance into the Church of England.

The christening of Prince Edward Albert of York (later King Edward VIII), pictured left in the arms of Queen Victoria, with the Duke of York (later King George V) and the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), demonstrates the incredible history behind the robe.

On the right, Queen Elizabeth II is seen with her parents on her christening day in May 1926.

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Prince Charles, the firstborn of Queen Elizabeth, was christened in 1948 wearing the historic gown. His first grandchild Prince George, however, will wear a replica of the original robe.

In keeping with tradition, the little Prince's parents William and Kate are also expected to serve the first tier of the wedding cake at the ceremony for their son.

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Queen Elizabeth pictured with her daughter Princess Anne at her christening in 1950.  Usually just one official photo of the royal baby is released in keeping with the private nature of the royal christening. It is expected that a single photograph of George in his robe will be released after the event.


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Prince William was the last heir-to-the-throne to wear the ancient christening gown. He was baptised two months after his birth, on 4 August, 1982, the Queen Mother's birthday.

It is thought that his son will also have an autumnal christening, which will take place after his great-grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, return from their annual summer holiday in Balmoral.

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Princess Beatrice was christened on 20th December 1988 by the Archbishop of York.

It has been confirmed that the Archbishop of Canterbury will preside over the half-hour liturgy for Prince George, which will likely see William, Kate and the godparents gather around the 172-year-old baptismal Lily Font, filled with holy water from the River Jordan, and placed in Buckingham Palace's historic music room.

  

Princess Eugenie's christening took place on December 23rd in Sandringham, Norfolk.

Traditionally, royal baptisms take place in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace. Prince William and the Queen's three eldest children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, were all christened there, and it is expected that Prince George will follow suit.

Prince Harry, however, was baptised in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle — another possible venue for Prince George's blessing.

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The two daughters of Peter and Autumn Phillips, Savannah and Isla Elizabeth, follow James, Viscount Severn as the only royals to wear the new replica gown.

Designed by the Queen’s senior dresser Angela Kelly, and her creative team at Buckingham Palace, the replica retains the same features of the original, including the lengthy skirt and elaborate collar and bow.


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