Channel 5’s royal documentary, Secrets of the Royals, discussed the expected traditions of newborn royal babies. Royal expert Roya Nikkhah explained the significance of a gown worn by all royal babies. Princess Eugenie’s son is expected to continue this tradition and wear this gown at his christening.
The documentary narrator Glynis Barber said: “For traditions, the first on the royal baby to-do-list is the Christening.
“This is where everything, down to the gown, has a story.”
Ms Nikkhah explained the history and said: “The Honiton lace christening gown is the most wonderful symbol of royal tradition when it comes to royal babies.
“This is the christening gown that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had made for their first child, Princess Victoria, for her baptism in 1841.”
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The narrator continued: “Made of fine lace from Honiton in Devon, it was used as the christening gown for every King, Queen and minor royal for 163 years.
“This is including our current Queen for her christening in 1926 and Prince Charles in 1948.”
Ms Nikkhah explained that eventually, the gown became too worn out so a replacement was made and has been used since 2004.
She said: “Around 2004 when Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex’s firstborn was wearing it, lady Louise was wearing it, the Queen noticed it was looking quite fragile.
The Government’s definition of “significant life cycle events” reads: “Events to mark or celebrate a significant milestone in a person’s life, according to their religion or belief, such as events to celebrate a person’s birth (other than a birthday) or coming of age.
“Examples would include a christening or a naming ceremony.”
Baby August’s christening is highly unlikely to go ahead until Prince Philip has been discharged from the hospital, however.
In addition, the family is unlikely to want to hold the christening until more Royal Family members are able to attend.