On July 5, the British royal family will reunite to celebrate the christening of the family’s littlest member, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Much like her uncle, Prince Harry, the two-month-old daughter of Prince William and Kate (nee Middleton) is the second child in her family to be baptized in the Church of England - in which her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, holds the title of Supreme Governor. We've taken a look back at archival footage of Harry's christening for a glimpse of what we can expect to see on Princess Charlotte's big day.
Charlotte, who was born at St. Mary's Hospital on May 2, will also follow in the footsteps of new children in the British royal family (including big brother Prince George!) by wearing a replica of the family’s historic christening gown. The original was first worn by Queen Victoria’s daughter, the Princess Royal, in 1841, though the heirloom was retired in 2004 following the private christening of Lady Louise Windsor.
As seen in the adorable video, released by Buckingham Palace more than 30 years ago, the gown was a topic of discussion between Prince Charles and a then-two-year-old Prince William on the day of Prince Harry’s christening on December 21, 1984.
“Granny was christened in this. And Great Granny. And I was christened in this,” a delighted Prince of Wales tells his young son as Princess Diana, with Harry on her lap, looks on. “It looks remarkably well despite everything.” The priceless video also shows senior members of the British monarchy, including Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother, walking down the long corridor at Windsor Castle before heading to the ceremony at nearby St. George's Chapel.
While Princess Diana shows off her little prince to cousins Peter and Zara Phillips, Harry’s big brother William is a ball full of energy, showing off the rambunctious nature that he appears to have passed down to his sprightly son, Prince George. We'll have to wait and see how little George handles his new sister's special day.