Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4. While royal fans have yet to see a photo of the newborn, rumors are already doing the rounds about Lilibet’s christening. Some reports state the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may decide to have their daughter christened at Windsor in the UK.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet
After stepping down from royal duties in March 2020, Harry and Meghan now live in Montecito, Santa Barbara. They share a beautiful mansion with their son, Archie, two, and their newborn daughter, Lilibet.
So far, no plans have been officially announced for Lilibet’s baptism, but many believe this will be held at Windsor. For one thing, Archie, their firstborn, was christened in the private chapel at Windsor Castle in July 2019. While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were still part of the royal family at that time, it is thought they may wish to do the same for Lilibet.
Will Lilibet be christened in the UK?
A royal christening could also mark Lilibet’s first trip to the UK, after her birth at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
Since stepping down from royal duties in March 2020, Harry has made two trips to the UK. In April this year, he attended his grandfather, Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor. The next trip was taken just a few weeks after Lilibet’s birth. The trip marked the unveiling of a statue to honor his late mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace. It also marked an uncomfortable reunion with his brother, Prince William.
It is a tradition for all royal babies to wear the royal christening gown for their baptism. The original grown was made for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest child, Victoria, in 1841. The gown was used by the royal family for all christenings up until 2004.
At that time, a replica of the gown was created by the Queen’s personal dresser, Angela Kelly. The replica was first used for the christening of her youngest grandson, James. Archie wore the replica gown for his christening in 2019 and it could be used for the latest additions to the royal family. These include Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son, August and Zara and Mike Tindall’s son, Lucas. The question now is whether Lilibet will get to wear the same christening gown for her baptism ceremony.
The Sussexes at home in the US
While Harry and Meghan are happily settled in the US, some of their closest friends remain in the UK. However, they might choose not to have Lilibet christened at Windsor, for the benefit of their chosen godparents. So far, those godparents remain unnamed. However, two of Archie’s godparents were later revealed as Tiggy Pettifer, William and Harry’s former nanny, and Mark Dyer, a former equerry and close friend.
Of course, Windsor does have plenty of happy memories for Harry and Meghan, as it is where they were married. There is also the thought of Queen Elizabeth, Lilibet’s great-grandmother, who is yet to meet the baby in person. However, as reported by the Daily Mail, this might make for an awkward meeting.
Royal fans will have to wait and see whether the Sussexes will, indeed, make the trip to the UK for their daughter’s christening.
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