24 Jul '13, 2pm
Baby Cambridge will wear a copy of a 172-year-old christening gown commissioned by Queen Victoria
Even the future King of England can’t avoid hand-me-downs. Per royal tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s firstborn will be baptized in a replica of a Honiton lace and white satin gown that Queen Victoria commissioned in 1841 for her eldest daughter’s christening. Now safely tucked away in storage, the original garment was the family heirloom to end all family heirlooms. Until 2004, when it became too fragile to use, the gown clad more than 30 blue-blooded babies, including Baby Cambridge’s forebears: Prince William , Prince Charles , Queen Elizabeth II, and the Queen’s father, King George VI.