Monday, May 17, 2010

Infant son of the Duke and Duchess of York christened today

May 17, 1900

The infant son of the Duke and Duchess of York was baptised today in the private chapel at Windsor Castle in the "presence of Queen Victoria, the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, the Duke and Duchess of Fife, the Duke of Cambridge, and other members of the royal family," according to the Chicago Daily Tribune.
The regent of the Duchy of Brunswick, Prince Albrecht of Prussia, represented Kaiser Wilhelm II, who is one of the little prince's godparents.
Water "was brought from the River Jordan" and "contained in gold font," used in the baptismal service.
The infant was handed to the Bishop of Winchester by Queen Victoria, who "gave the child's name as Henry William Frederick Albert.
Prince Henry is the fourth child of the Duke and Duchess of York. The other children are Prince Edward, Prince Albert and Princess Mary. He was born on March 31. It was announced earlier that he "was to be christened Patrick."
The infant prince's sponsors are Queen Victoria, Princess Henry of Battenberg, the Duchess of Cumberland (represented by the Princess of Wales), Princess Charles of Denmark (represented by Princess Victoria of Wales), the German Emperor (represented by Prince Albrecht of Prussia, Prince Regent of Brunswick), Prince George of Greece (represented by the Prince of Wales), and Prince Alexander of Teck (represented by the Duke of Cambridge) and Field Marshll the Right Hon. Lord Roberts, (represented by Sir Dighton Probyn.)
Other members of the royal family were who at the baptism included the Prince Edward of York, Prince Arthur and Princesses Margaret and Patricia of Connaught, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Princess Victoria Eugenie with Princes Leopold and Maurice of Battenberg,

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