Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Royal Christening - Part 1

Every single moment of the Royal Family member’s lives gets people’s attention effortlessly. Special occasions of their lives from birth to death are entered to the history as well. The Baptism or Christening is the main incident of the royal family member, after the birth.
Prince William's baptism day 

In the royal family how to do Christening..?

Christenings in the royal family have traditionally been private occasions, attended by family, godparents and close friends.

The Royal Christening Robe of Queen Elizabeth I 
Most members of the royal family have worn the same ancient christening gown/royal Christening robe made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, princess Victoria since 1841. This gown is made from Fine Honiton lace lined with white satin. It has been preserved up to now.The font used in the royal baptism is that the princess Victoria used.

In 1894 the robe was given by Queen Victoria to the Duchess of York (later Queen Mary), all of whose children were christened in it. In the next generation it was worn by the children of King George VI, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and of Prince George, Duke of Kent.

The children of the Queen and of Princess Margaret were christened in it, and it has subsequently been used for the christenings of all the Queen’s grandchildren and other royal babies, including the grand children of Princess Margaret. 

Princess Victoria's christening day

Princess Elizabeth (the Queen)

 Princess Elizabeth (the Queen) was christened by Anglican Archbishop of York, Cosmo Gordon Lang in the private chapel at Buckingham palace on 29 May 1921 and named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.

She was named after her mother, while her two middle names are those of her great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra and grandmother, Queen Mary. Her godparents were King George V and Queen Mary, the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, her aunts Mary, princess Royal, lady Elphinstone and her great-great uncle prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught. 

Members of the royal family at the christening of  Princess Elizabeth. Left to right, back row: The Duke of Connaught, King George V, the Duke of York and the Earl Strathmore. Left to right, front row: Lady Elphinstone, Queen Mary, Duchess of York with Princess Elizabeth, The Countess of Strathmore and Princess Mary.

King George V, the Duke of York, Queen Mary & the Duchess of York with Princess Elizabeth on Princess Elizabeth's christening day

Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret was christened in the private chapel of Buckingham palace on 30 October 1930 by Cosmo Lang, the Archbishop of Canterbury. She was named as Margaret Rose. But the princess’s mother, the Duchess of York originally wanted the names Ann Margaret, as she explained to the Queen Mary in a later.”I am very anxious to call her Ann Margaret, as I think Ann of York sounds pretty, and Elizabeth and Ann go so well together”. The princess’s grandfather, King George V  dislike the name Ann, but approved of the alternative “Margaret Rose”.
Baby Princess Margaret & her mother, the Duchess of York

Her godparents were the Princeof Wales, Princess Ingrid of Sweden, the Princess Victoria, the Lady RoseLeveson-Gower and the Hon David Bowes-Lyon.

Prince Charles (the Prince Of Wales)

King George, Queen Elizabeth the Queen mother, Princess Elizabeth, Prince Charles & Prince Philip on Prince Charles's christening day

Prince Charles was christened in the Music Room of Buckingham palace on 15 December 1948, using water from the river Jordan, by Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher. He was named as Charles Philip Arthur George. His godparents were King George VI, the King of Norway, Queen Mary, Princess Margaret, Prince George of Greece, the DowagerMarchioness of Milford Haven, the Lady Braboume and the Hon David Bowes-Lyon.

Prince Charles with his mother, great-grand mother and grand mother on his christening day
Princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip with Prince Charles (left), Princess Elizabeth with little Prince Charles (middle), King George VI, Queen Mary, Princess Elizabeth & Prince Charles(right)

Prince Charles christening day

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