The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's 21-month-old daughter was christened in California earlier this monthPhoto: Getty Images

Why Prince Harry’s daughter Princess Lilibet unlikely to have worn royal christening gown

Princess Lilibet was christened on March 3 at the family home in Montecito, according to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Harry and Meghan decided to keep the public’s eyes off of Lilibet and her older brother, Prince Archie, 3, so no photos from the christening have been made public.

 

Princess Lilibet pictured on her first birthday. Credit: Misan Harriman
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The Prince Harry and Meghan Markle docuseries on Netflix did feature several endearing cameos from the Sussex siblings, which aired in December.

Although Harry and Meghan haven’t provided any additional information about their daughter’s special day, Lilibet is probably missing out on one royal christening custom.

The Honiton and lace gown has been worn by royal infants at their christenings for more than a century. The children of the Prince and Princess of Wales and Archie have all donned a replica of the original 1841 gown that was created in 2004.

 

Lilibet and Archie seen helping Meghan in the garden

 

The royal family has a custom of christening their infants when they are very young, typically before they turn six months old. At three months old, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were all christened by William and Kate. Archie’s baptism took place when he was just three months old.

Given Lilibet’s age, it is unlikely that the replica gown was flown to the US for her to wear, and it is also possible that she has outgrown it.

According to the pictures Harry and Meghan have released of Lilibet, they probably wanted her to wear a special outfit, perhaps a nod to the royal christening gown.

 

Lilibet’s first birthday
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Although Isabel Garreton has since closed after 30 years in business, the company was founded in part to “support the advancement of underprivileged women” and help to break the “cycle of poverty,” and Lilibet wore a sweet blue dress by Isabel Garreton for her first birthday last June.

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