Princess Charlotte today became the seventh royal baby to be christened in the Honiton lace and white satin gown first used at the christening of James, Viscount Severn in 2008.
The frilly cream outfit is a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter and used for all royal baptisms until Lady Louise Windsor in 2004.
Along with Viscount Severn, Prince George has worn the gown, as did Lord Frederick Windsor’s daughter Maud and Zara Tindall’s little girl Mia.
It was created by the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly, and features the same lengthy skirt and elaborate collars and bow as its predecessor.
The original robe, made in 1841, was worn by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry among others, and has now been carefully preserved.
Baptisms are a must for Windsor babies thanks to the Queen’s role as Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
Prince George will one day take on the role when he becomes king, but his younger sister Princess Charlotte – as only a spare to the heir – will be free from such responsibility.
Royal infants are often welcomed into the Christian faith within weeks of being born – in Charlotte’s case, just over two months after her arrival on the 2nd May.
George was three months old at his, while William was baptised on August 4 1982 at the age of six weeks.
The Prince of Wales was one month and one day old at his own christening. The Queen was five weeks old when she was christened.
George was the first future monarch in modern times not to be baptised at Buckingham Palace, with the CambridgeS choosing the intimate Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace instead.
He was on his best behaviour, blowing bubbles beforehand and staying quiet and peaceful during the service.
Meanwhile, Princess Charlotte is repeating history by being christened in the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.
The last great-granddaughter of a serving sovereign to be born in direct succession on the male line – Princess Mary – was also baptised in the same church 118 years ago in 1897.
St Mary Magdalene was also where Charlotte’s late grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was christened on August 30, 1961.
Other notable christenings at the church include Princess Charlotte’s great-great-grandfather King George VI in 1896. The Duke of Cambridge’s cousin Princess Eugenie – the daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York – was also baptised there in 1990.
Royal christenings are usually private affairs and most royal babies have been christened at royal palaces.
William and the Prince of Wales were both christened in Buckingham Palace’s Music Room. The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, was christened in the Palace’s private chapel in 1926.
Charlotte’s older brother Prince George was baptised in October 2013 at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. William and Kate made a ‘personal decision’ to hold the ceremony there.
It was where the coffin of William’s mother Diana lay before her funeral to allow her family to pay their last respects.
St Mary Magdalene dates back in its present form to the 16th century. Records show there was a rector of Sandringham as far back as 1321.
The church is used by the Queen when she is at residence on her private estate and is where the royal family worship on Christmas Day each year.
It also features memorials to numerous kings and queens including the Queen’s father George VI, as well as Queen Victoria, Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, George V and Queen Mary.