THE FONT

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The 178-year-old sil­ver-leaf Lily Font, which forms part of the Crown Jewels, was brought from the nearby Tower of Lon­don es­pe­cially for the oc­ca­sion.

It was com­mis­sioned by Queen Vic­to­ria and de­signed by her hus­band, Al­bert, for their el­dest daugh­ter, Vic­to­ria, Princess Royal. The baby was chris­tened in 1841 and the font has been a fea­ture of royal chris­ten­ings ever since.

It’s 43cm high and dec­o­rated with wa­terlilies and cherubs play­ing harps, and is usu­ally on dis­play in the Jewel House at the Tower of Lon­don.

As is tra­di­tion, Louis was bap­tised with holy wa­ter from the River Jor­dan, where Je­sus was bap­tised by John the Bap­tist. The wa­ter is flown in from Is­rael es­pe­cially for royal chris­ten­ings.

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