He's following in his older siblings' footsteps! Prince Louis' royal christening took place at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in London on Monday, July 9 and for the special occasion, baby Louis wore the traditional christening gown that many, many members of the monarchy — including his older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte! — have worn before him.
"Today Prince Louis wore a replica of the Royal Christening Robe which was made in 1841 for the Christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal. The gown was subsequently worn by Prince Louis' great-grandmother The Queen, grandfather The Prince of Wales, and his father The Duke of Cambridge at their Christenings," the royal family's official Instagram account captioned a photo gallery of royals wearing the special outfit over the years.
The royal family at Prince Louis' christening. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
As the palace explained, the original gown was created back in 1841 for Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria's royal baptism. Since then, it has been worn by 62 royals including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William. After the family heirloom was deemed too old and delicate to be worn, it was replaced in 2008 by an exact replica.
"It was recreated in exactly the same way. Even though there was modern machinery, they had to go back to doing a lot of it by hand so there was a mix between by hand and machinery. It was made from scratch, from sketching it out, to embroidering the lace on a special silk-based tulle," a royal insider previously told People of the gown, which was designed by the Queen's assistant, Angela Kelly, and created by Buckingham Palace's team of dressmakers.
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