Friday, May 2, 2014

Queen's fourth child christened

May 2, 1964

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's youngest child, Prince Edward, was baptized today in the private chapel at Windsor Castle, reports Reuters.

The little prince, now 8 weeks old, has five godparents: Prince Richard of Gloucester, the Duchess of Kent, the Earl of Snowdon, Princess Georg Wilhelm of Hannover, Prince Philip's sister; and Prince Philip's cousin, Prince Ludwig of Hesse and By Rhine.

The new prince's full name is Edward, Antony (for Lord Snowdon), Richard (for the Duke of Gloucester) and Louis for Prince Ludwig.

He wore the "royal christening robe of Honiton lace," first worn at the baptism of Queen Victoria's first child, Princess Victoria, in 1841. 

Prince Edward's elder siblings, Prince of Wales, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, were at the ceremony, and heard their "baby brother give a small cry" when sprinkled with water, which came from the Jordan river.

Neither the Duchess of Kent nor Princess Margaret were able to attend the ceremony.  The Duchess of Kent was represented at the baptism by her mother-in-law, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. 

The Duchess gave birth to a daughter on April 28.  Princess Margaret gave birth to her second child, a daughter, yesterday.

The doctors and midwives who attended the birth were also invited to the baptism.

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