The youngest Sussex, Lilibet Diana, is just three months old and could soon be making a huge trip across the ocean to visit her British family. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry live in Los Angeles and have not been back to the UK as a family for quite some time – with the pandemic no doubt complicating things.
Prince Harry did return to the UK in April for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral, however, he travelled alone as Meghan was heavily pregnant with Lilibet at the time.
Lilibet was born on June 4, 2021, and was named after a touching nickname for the Queen.
Her middle name ‘Diana’ is a tribute to her late paternal grandmother, Princess Diana.
As with any new baby, the excitement to see Lilibet must be growing for the Royal Family, however with the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions visiting the UK will have been difficult.
With travel easing somewhat, sources have said Meghan and Harry are wanting to bring their family to the UK to christen Lilibet.
All Royal Family members are baptised into the Church of England, something which Meghan herself did before marrying Prince Harry.
The couple are said to want a “sit down” chat with the Queen about potentially holding Lilibet’s christening in London, like her brother Archie’s was.
Christina Garibaldi told the Royally Us podcast: “Something else that is interesting, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly want a sit down with the Queen and they’re hoping to discuss having Lilibet’s christening in London.
“This is a rumoured report, who knows if it’s exactly true, but it’s an offer that they want to make to the Queen. Who knows if she’ll accept?”
As with any royal occasion, there are certain traditions which have been adhered to for hundreds of years.
Royal christenings are no different, so what are the four iconic royal christening traditions Lilibet Diana may follow?
Perhaps one of the most recognisable elements of royal christenings is the lacy gown the young royals wear.
While today’s royal babies wear a replica, the original gown dates back to 1841, when Queen Victoria commissioned it for her daughter Princess Victoria.
The gown was made from Honiton lace and Spitalfields silk, and has seen 62 royal babies christened.
The gown was retired in 2004 following the christening of Lady Louise Windsor, as it was growing to fragile to wear.
A replica was commissioned by the Queen and made by her personal wardrobe advisor Angela Kelly.
Archie Harrison wore the replica Honiton gown for his baptism, so Lilibet may follow suit and tradition and also wear it.
Another royal christening staple is an ornate baptismal font, gold in colour with intricate detailing.
Dubbed the Lily Font, this was another item commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 for Princess Victoria’s baptism.
The Lily Font features three seated cherubs playing lyres at the base, with the bowl the shape of a flower.
The bowl is bordered by water lilies and leaves, and it’s made from silver gilt, giving it a stunning gold colour.
All royal children – except for Princess Eugenie – have been baptised using the lily font since its creation 180 years ago.
Holy water from the River Jordan
The River Jordan is said to be the site where John the Baptist christened Jesus, and so holds religious significance for Christians.
Royal baptisms use holy water flown to the UK from the River Jordan.
The supply of holy water is flown in by the Jordanian royal court, which sent supply for Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015.
Dia Madani, head of Jordan’s baptism site commission, told the BBC at the time: “We organize the process of bottling holy water from the River Jordan.
“We provide it to investors after cleaning it, sterilising it, and giving it the blessings of religious men. Each bottle has a label from the commission.”
A royal tradition which fans may be looking for after Lilibet’s christening is a photo of the Firm.
Photos from royal christenings have been seen at Prince Charles’ service, Princes Harry and Williams, all of the Cambridge children and Archie Harrison’s too.
However whether the Sussexes will indeed release a photo of Lilibet after the christening is unclear, as they have been very private in the months following her arrival.