As she prepares to resume her royal duties, Queen Elizabeth II faces a tough choice ahead of the royal baptism ceremony for her great-grandchildren Princess Zara and Eugenie. Her Royal Highness will have to decide to whom she wishes to gift the replica of the Honiton dress, which is the only traditional lace outfit to be worn during the newborn christening ceremony.
It should be mentioned that the Royal Princesses decided to hold a joint baptismal ceremony for their children at a private Royal Chapel of All Saints church, Windsor Great Park in Royal Lodge, the Express reported. The event scheduled for this weekend will also be honored by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
According to sources cited by The sun, the Queen is very keen to be there because she knows how important it is to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. The decision was made after a consultation with her personal physician. It is worth noting that the Queen will rejoin her royal duties after being forced to withdraw from the Remembrance Sunday service at the cenotaph last weekend due to a sprained back, Express confirmed.
The little ones who will be baptized this weekend were welcomed at the beginning of the year by Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie. The two toddlers are among the Queen’s 12 great-grandchildren. While Zara and her husband Mike Tindall welcomed their third child Lucas Philip Tindall on March 21, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, on February 9.
Royal baptism clash
This year, the royal baby’s christening ceremony comes with an impossible decision on the Queen’s side, according to Express. Typically at royal ceremonies, the baby to be baptized is usually done using the font Lily and wearing a replica of the Honiton robe.
However, the conflict arises because there are two babies to be baptized on Monday. This means that the Queen must choose which great-grandchild will wear the dress. Relevantly, Princess Eugenie’s son August was due to be baptized in July, but has been postponed due to COVID.
The Honiton dress was created at the christening of Princess Royal Victoria’s daughter in 1841. Inspiration was taken from Queen Victoria’s wedding dress with a hand-woven silk pattern and lace overlay. The baptismal font, Lily Font, was also commissioned by Queen Victoria for her daughter.
The original dress was last worn by Lady Louise Windsor for her christening in 2004, with all royal babies wearing a replica of the dress and following it. The replica of the dress was last used at the christening ceremony for Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s firstborn, Archie, in July 2019.