Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became parents for the second time this summer. On June 4, their daughter, Lilibeth, was born. The baby girl became the first royal born in the U.S. – now the Duke and Duchess reside in California. But because her parents moved, the heiress may miss an important royal tradition.
We’re talking about a baptism, during which all the Queen’s great-grandchildren were dressed in a special outfit – a copy of the christening gown ordered by Queen Victoria in 1841 for her daughter. The precious garment was worn by the newborn heirs of the monarchs until 2004, when it was updated. All the children, including Lilibeth’s older brother, Archie, were baptized at home. The couple were still living at court at the time, so the ceremony took place safely – in St. George’s Chapel.
To baptize Lilibeth according to all traditions, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex need to return to the UK. But, according to media reports, the couple do not intend to come back. Therefore, it is possible that the ceremony will be held without observing the canons of the royal family. “I would be very, very surprised if the baby is baptized, and if they come to the United Kingdom, I certainly don’t think the baptism gown will be sent to California,” royal biographer Marlene Koenig told The Express.