As the excitement for Prince George's christening on Wednesday mounts, the original creator of the royal gown has been revealed. As we explained back in July, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child will not wear the traditional silk gown as worn by the British royals for the last 167 years, but instead will appear in a replica as the original has become too fragile to be used again. It was last spotted on Lady Louise Windsor back in 2004, but since then young royals, including the two daughters of Peter and Autumn Phillips, Savannah and Isla Elizabeth, and James, Viscount Severn have worn the copy, which was commissioned by the Queen (George’s Great Grandmother, no less).
Now the woman who designed and made the original outfit, first created for for the Christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, in 1841, has been named as Janet Sutherland from Falkirk, Scotland. She was even given the title of 'Embroiderer to the Queen' from Victoria, who she began working for aged 34.
Prince William in the original gown [Getty]
Sutherland was the daughter of a coal miner and passed away in 1852 aged 45. Her great-great-great niece, Patricia Perry told The Sunday Times: "I am very proud to think an ordinary woman from a working class background could have designed such a beautiful robe. I look forward to seeing the replica on Prince George."
The replica was made by the Queen's couturier Angela Kelly and will be worn by George on Wednesday.