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The Royal family christening dress: What to know about the 178-year-old history

Prince Louis was wearing a replica of the original Honiton christening dress, which was the command in 1841. Queen Elizabeth commissioned the replica in 2004.
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In the weekend, Queen Elizabeth of great-granddaughter Lena Tindall, was baptized, and just like her sister and cousins before her, she wore a replica of a 178-year-old royal christening dress.

Known as the Honiton Christening dress for the type of lace used on the dress, the original was commissioned by Queen Victoria for her eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, in 1841.

According to the Royal Collection Trust, the dress was made of Spitalfields silk covered with handmade Honiton lace by Janet Sutherland.

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The dress is inspired by Queen Victoria’s own wedding dress, according to Town & Country.

It went on to be worn by 62 royal babies including the five princes, from the outlet reported.

Future kings Edward VII, George V, Edward VIII and George VI all wore the dress during their baptisms.

Queen Elizabeth herself also wore the Honiton dress when she was baptized, still as a princess, in May 1926 in Buckingham Palace.

Her son, Prince Charles, and her grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, wore the dress.

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Now-14-year-old Lady Louise Windsor, the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, was the last royal baby to wear in the original Honiton christening dress after 163 years in 2004, according to the Town & Country.

Queen Elizabeth in behalf of a replica and asked her personal wardrobe consultant Angela Kelly, to help the outlet reported.

Lady Louise’s younger brother, James, was the first baby to wear the double dress in 2008.

Since then, as have eight other royal babies, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Lena Tindall and her older sister, Mia.

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