As promised in our previous post, we have a look ahead at Sunday’s christening of Princess Charlotte. But first, a very quick review of what George wore on a recent mother-son playdate at Snettisham Park.
The story is in People Germany. As noted in our What Kate Wore post, I’m not comfortable using the photos. While the location is a public park, it looked like private mother-son time and somehow the pictures seem a bit intrusive. The two seem to be having a grand time, with George pushing child-sized tractors about the park.
At any rate, here’s the latest on what the young Prince was wearing.
It appears he was in a Cath Kidston piece, the label’s Farmyard Gilet, or vest. Cath Kidston tells us it *does* look similar to what George had on, but because the photo we sent them was somewhat blurry they want to look into the matter more and have their press people get back to us with more information Monday.
UPDATED Monday, July 6:
The good folks at Cath Kidston have gotten back to us and let us know that Prince George is NOT wearing their vest, despite the similarities.
That means we shall start the hunt anew for the vest’s designer and will update if/when we discover other possible candidates. Thank you again to Cath Kidston for being so responsive to our questions.
The shoe is £41 at Start-Rite. John Lewis has the style, priced at £40 for most sizes, discounted to £19.50 for a few sizes. KC Mode is an official Start-Rite stockist, they have the Flexy Soft in navy for £19.99; Amazon UK offers the shoe at £19.99. Additionally, Fashion World carries the Flexy-Soft for £40; a number of independent shop in the UK also stock the style. A Tip of the Tiara to Prince George Pieces for identifying the shoe.
We will update with information about the trousers George wore, as well as the top seen in some of the photos. But right now we want to move on and look ahead at Sunday’s christening of Princess Charlotte. Here are some fast facts:
- The service will be at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the grounds of Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk estate. This is where the Cambridge’s country home, Anmer Hall, is located.
- Diana, Princess of Wales, was baptized at St Mary Magdalene Church in 1961.
- A notably absence: Prince Harry, currently on a 3-month trip to Africa where he is taking part in conservation work.
- The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will lead the service; he also conducted Prince George’s christening service. The Archbishop will be assisted by Reverend Canon Jonathan Rivers, Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.
- When it comes to godparents, Gordon Rayner reports in The Telegraph that Charlotte may have just 6, as opposed to the 7 godparents George has.
- Following Prince George’s christening Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at Clarence House. In this case the Queen has invited participants back to Sandringham for a reception.
- The service begins at 4:30 pm local time (11:30am EDT / 8:30am PDT).
- As we have previously noted, the public is invited to gather in the paddock area next to the church. Just as on Christmas Day, well wishers will be able to watch the royals, family members and godparents arriving and leaving from the church.
- The area for the public will open at 3pm. The Norfolk Constabulary, the local police authority, have cautioned that the temperatures will be warm and facilities will be limited; thousands are expected to show up in hopes of seeing the first, second, third, and now fourth-in-line to the throne. As Gordon Rayner noted in this story, “It will be the first time in living memory that the christening of such a senior member of the Royal family has involved the public in any way.” CNN’s Max Foster reports “History shows that thousands of people turn out for key royal moments, especially those involving the younger royals. For this event, there is an open invitation and with lots of notice so expect people to come from much further afield than the local villages.”
- The Telegraph will live stream coverage starting at 3pm. Your best bet will be to go to this URL on Sunday: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ and look for a banner linking to the live coverage. (I will update with other live coverage info as we receive it.)
- Join us at What Kate Wore just before 3pm on Sunday for our live coverage of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana’s christening.
- The formal portraits following the christening will be taken at Sandringham House by famed photographer Mario Testino.
We move now to what George and Charlotte will be wearing. Princess Charlotte will be in the very same christening gown worn by her brother. It is a replica of the gown worn by Queen Victoria’s daughter in 1841. Below, Prince George in the replica (l) and Prince William in the original gown (r).
Details on the cherished piece from British Vogue:
The white Spitalfields silk-satin gown, which has cap sleeves and a Honiton cotton lace overlay, was created to resemble the dress that Queen Victoria wore for her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840.
The garment has been worn by every monarch since Edward VII…
Over time the original satin and lace gown became increasingly fragile and the Queen’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly, created a replica.
We can expect George to look ‘dressed up,’ with the understanding it *is* summer and this is a country church. So the setting is somewhat less formal, but of course, the occasion retains its significance. We can take a look into the future by casting a glance back, reviewing what Prince William wore for Prince Harry’s christening.
Many readers will note the closeness between William’s outfit and what George wore for his visit to the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital.
The Rachel Riley Cord Short and Shirt Set is quite close to what Prince William wore. A white top with piping at the collar cuff, with blue shorts.
The Rachel Riley set is also what George wore in the photos Kate took of him with his baby sister.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw this ensemble a third time at Sunday’s ceremony. If not, look for the young Prince to be in something similar: probably blue and white apparel, with Start-Rite shoes in black, possibly patent leather.
- You can watch a video with Archbishop Justin Welby here; in the film he talks about Prince George’s christening, as well as the significance of baptism.
- The Telegraph has a nice photo feature, Royal Christenings Through The Years
- There is a lengthy BBC story about Mario Testino’s photographs of Princess Diana that were featured in a Kensington Palace exhibition. You can see the piece here.