Designer of the original Royal Christening gown revealed

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The designer of the original Royal Christening gown has today been revealed, having previously been shrouded in secrecy.

Janet Sutherland, a daughter of a Scottish coal miner from Falkirk, created the original lace and satin christening gown, which was won by 60 royal babies.


She received the title 'Embroiderer' by the Queen for her efforts on the gown, which was first created for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841.

According to the Sunday Times, the full-length white Spitalfields robe - which has been worn by every monarch since Edward VII - was made in the front room of her home.

But while the dressmaker behind the historic gown has been revealed ahead of Wednesday's service at St James' Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son won't be wearing it.

The gown is now deemed too fragile to be worn, so Prince George will instead wear a replica, made by the Queen's couturier, Angela Kelly.


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The original Honiton lace and white satin creation was last used in 2004, after the Queen commissioned the handmade copy so the historic outfit could be carefully preserved.

The last royal baby to wear the original gown was the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, in 2003.

Prince George's christening this week will be a 'private, low-key' affair according to reports, with the 45-minute ceremony being witnessed by close family members and friends of William and Kate.