Prince Charles: Commentator discusses royal tour
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The Prince of Wales, 73, and Camilla, 74, visited the River Jordan on their first day of the trip and reports claim the pair plan on flying back “five or six dozen” bottles of Holy water from the stream. The Daily Mail has reported the future monarch plans on bringing back Holy water for future royal christenings, with a possibility of it being intended for Prince Harry’s daughter’s christening.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed baby Lilibet Diana in June and since her birth there has been a flurry of speculation over the christening.
Specifically, it is unknown where the Sussexes will host the christening – whether in the US, UK or even at all.
Lilibet’s brother, Archie, was born in May 2019 and christened at Windsor Chapel just two months later.
The Archbishop of Canterbury baptised the young royal in an intimate ceremony in front of a small group of friends and family.
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Royal babies are traditionally baptised with water taken from the spot where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist using the ornate silver gilt Lily Font.
However, it is unusual for Prince Charles to bring bottles full of it back to the UK himself.
Rustom Mkhjian, the Director General of the Baptism Site, told the Daily Mail about the importance of Royal Family babies being baptised with water from such a significant Christian site.
He said: “This time the Embassy people asked for a few dozen [bottles] of Holy water and we provided them with five dozen, six dozen, prior to this trip.“
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However, Mr Mkhjian revealed he was not aware exactly who they would be used for.
He continued: “I didn’t know.
“I didn’t want to ask.
“But they said we wanted it for children to be baptised later on.
“Future baptisms, yes.”
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