It’s fair to say that no christening this month, this year, or perhaps this decade, will be more significant than the ceremony of our future King, Prince George. With Christenings now in the spotlight, we ask whether too many subtle changes been made over time?
Years ago, it would be preposterous to think that a child would have more than five Godparents, yet The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen seven Godparents, while Elizabeth Hurley’s son is said to have six Godfathers. This increase in Godparents applies to many individuals rather than merely celebrities, and it can represent a significant change over time.
There is also evidence to suggest that children are being baptised later in life, and though this is not the case for Prince George, many are baptised between the ages of one and twelve. There are also smaller differences in the ceremonies today. Some churches will warm the water, and though this could be more to do with the facilities available in churches today, it is still different.
There is one thing, however, that has not changed, and that is the demand for traditional christening gowns. The ceremony of Prince George shows that traditional gowns are still popular and are an important part of the christening tradition. Sunday best can provide classic gowns, rompers, and dresses for any type of christening, to find out more get in touch with us today.
There’s no doubt about it, a royal christening is a special occasion, but today is perhaps more significant because it’s the christening of a future King, Prince George. That of course means that there will be a lot of eyes on George and his royal christening gown.
Today George will be wearing a replica of the gown that was first created for the christening of Queen Victoria’s first born. It was made by the Queen’s dressmaker of delicate Honiton lace and presented with white satin bows and a high collar. Like many royal occasions, people have slept out overnight to gain viewing spots, but it is actually a rather low-key christening, with only five senior royal family members invited to the service; the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.
The ceremony is to be held at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, and its limited space is arguably the reason for the small number of people attending. Very recently, the Duke and Duchess named Zara Tindall, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Julia Samuel and William van Cutsem as the godparents of George, breaking the tradition of choosing Royals for spiritual guidance.
Whatever people’s thoughts are on George’s christening, today is certainly a day to remember. If it has got you thinking about your child’s upcoming christening, then make sure you’re prepared, and look at our range of gowns, rompers and dresses. We also offer christening accessories and gifts for those who want to make the occasion even more special.