Christening of Victoria, Princess Royal, 1841

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The Christening of Victoria, Princess Royal, the eldest child of Queen Victoria (wearing the George IV State Diadem, her Turkish Diamond Parure, Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch and the Order of the Garter) and Prince Albert (in the Order of the Garter and the Order of the Golden Fleece), by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace on this day in 1841, first using the Lily Font and Christening Robes (now copied) still used by members of the Royal Family. Her godparents were Queen Adelaide (great-aunt), the King of the Belgians (great-uncle), the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (paternal grandfather, for whom the Duke of Wellington stood proxy), the Duke of Sussex (great-uncle), the Duchess of Gloucester (great-aunt) and the Duchess of Kent (grandmother). Princess Victoria married Prince Frederick of Prussia and became the Empress of Germany, and the mother of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Queen Sophia of Greece.


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