Lilibet Diana: Royal expert discusses baptism
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are predicted to break several royal traditions with the christening arrangements of their baby daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana. Royal experts are unsure whether the Sussex couple will return to the UK to organise the service or if they will use the silver gilt font and ceremonial dress that dates back to Queen Victoria.
The List reporter Christine Liwag Dixon said: “Until Prince Edward’s son James was born in 2007, all that came before him, including his sister, wore a gown that dated back to 1841 which was commissioned by Queen Victoria.
“All christenings make use of the same silver gilt font and with water drawn from the River Jordan, where Jesus was said to have been baptized.
“The christenings of all senior royals are conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
“On christening day, the saved top tier of a royal baby’s parents wedding cake is served.
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“This is a tradition, Vogue suspects, did not happen at Archie’s christening”.
The couple’s eldest child, Archie Harrison, was baptised on July 6, 2019 by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.
The service included only 25 guests, with the couple’s immediate family and close friends attending. This included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, and Doria Ragland.
In a change from usual protocol, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided against releasing the names of Archie’s godparents.
They also invited no press photographers, and only two images of the christening were released, both taken by fashion photographer Chris Allerton.
Since then, the couple have decided to step away from the Royal Family and have relocated to California.
Royal experts are unsure whether the Duke and Duchess will conduct the christening service for their newborn daughter in the UK or in America.
Meghan Markle gave birth to their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana on June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
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The baby weighed 7lbs 11oz and a spokesperson for the couple announced that both mother and baby were “healthy and well, and settling in at home”.
Meghan and Harry have named their daughter after both the Queen and Princess Diana.
The Queen’s childhood nickname was Lilibet after she struggled to pronounce her name Elizabeth when she was an infant.
Her parents King George VI and the Queen Mother began to use the sweet moniker and it was later adopted by her husband Prince Philip.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not yet released any official photographs of their daughter Lilibet.
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