It was a special day for the Queen and Prince Philip today as they attended the christening of their youngest grandchild which was held in a private chapel at Windsor Castle. Baby James, the four month old son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex was christened James Alexander Philip Theo in a private family ceremony. The baby wore a replica of the original Royal lace and satin christening gown which has been worn by members of today’s Royal family, including the Queen, her children and the Queen’s father George VI. Her Majesty the Queen commissioned the new gown, in order to preserve the original which was originally made in 1841.
Sophie and Edward were delighted at the safe arrival of James, their much longed for second child after the drama surrounding his sister Lady Louise’s traumatic birth, which almost resulted in the deaths of both mother and child. Then the couple had further worries when baby James was taken into Great Ormond Street Hospital at 5 weeks old, suffering from a mystery illness. However thankfully the couple’s worries were unfounded when it was found the illness was due to a food intolerance. Baby James, who will carry the title Viscount Severn is the Queen and Prince Philip’s eighth grandchild and eighth in line to the throne. He is also the Queen and Prince Philip’s first male grandchild since Prince Harry was born 23 years ago.