Prince Louis’ Christening Will Feature Three Important Royal Family Traditions

By: Amy Mackelden | www.harpersbazaar.com

Prince Louis’ christening will take place in the Chapel Royal of St. James’ Palace in London, an important venue for the royal family. It just so happens to reportedly be where Meghan Markle was baptized prior to her wedding to Prince Harry. It’s also where Prince George was christened.

And according to new reports, there are several royal family traditions that Prince Louis’ christening will recognize, and one such tradition involves the Lily Font, which will contain the water used to christen the little prince.

According to the Daily Star, the “large silver-gilt font that has been used to baptize members of the Royal Family for the past 178 years,” has a rich history.

The publication estimates that the historic font is worth around $14,600, was “designed by Prince Albert in 1840,” and “is a gold-colored silver leaf font that features multiple cherubs playing harps. It is part of the Queen’s precious Crown Jewels, and so will have to be transported to the venue from the Tower of London’s Jewel House.”

The Lily Font, as photographed in 1953. Getty Images Artist Edward Barnard and Sons/The Print Collector

The Daily Star also notes that the water in the font is of significance, as it will apparently “be flown over from the River Jordan.” This is a royal family tradition, and the Express confirms:

“Specially sterilized water was flown in for Princess Charlotte’s 2015 baptism, and some was likely used for Meghan Markle’s baptism too. But Louis’ father Prince William was recently in Jordan, prompting speculation he could have picked some up himself. The tradition is nod to the Royal Family’s faith and the river is where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.”

Finally, it’s thought that Kate Middleton and Prince William will continue a longstanding tradition involving a vintage stroller belonging to the royal family.

The Express and Inquisitr both report that it’s likely that Prince Louis will be pushed in the very same stroller that his brother and sister were placed in at their christenings, a navy blue, vintage Millson stroller.

The Express also reveals that, “In a Royal Family photograph taken in the early Sixties, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was spotted in the very same stroller while Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex was also seen sitting in the stroller, in a photograph taken in 1965, on the Queen’s 39th birthday.”

Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, and Prince Charles. Getty Images

Several familiar faces are expected to be in attendance at the christening, including Meghan Markle, and Pippa Middleton.

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