Originally Posted by jemagre
The christening gowns look different than last time, as the was only one gown/one baby. The boy gown looks the same but not the girl gown. Any information on the gowns?
From: Kongehuset - Aktuelt - Nyheder
The Christening Robes
The christening robe worn by the little Prince
The christening robe was made for the christening of Prince Christian, later to become Christian X, in Christiansborg Palace Chapel in 1870. The christening robe was made of Brussels lace, which the mother of Christian X, Queen Lovisa, had bought in Belgium. The special feature of this delicate, very costly lace is that it can be produced in very large pieces and not just as relatively narrow strips: the individual, decorative lace motifs are made separately and subsequently appliquéd to the large, simple ground of lace.
The lower edge of the christening robe carries little scallops, and the bottom border is covered in tiny flowers and leaves. The rest of the lace features small flowers sprinkled more sparsely. The bodice is a yoke made of the densely-patterned, scalloped lace. The ribbon to be tied around the waist and the ribbons at the neck and the puff sleeves are of egg-shell coloured silk, as is the petticoat of the christening robe.
The christening bonnet features a more densely patterned lace than the christening robe, with slightly larger motifs. They consist of leaves, flowers and vines interspersed with decorative fancy stitches. The shape of the bonnet is made up of broad lace bands that are gathered into a closed crown at the back of the neck. A plain satin ribbon along the lower edge of the bonnet is used to tie it under the chin.
Together with the christening robe there are a train, a silk ribbon to be tied around the waist, a cushion case, a bib as well as a fine organza apron.
The following Royal Children have been baptised in this christening robe: Christian X, Prince Carl (from 1905 King Haakon VII of Norway), Prince Harald, Prince Gustav, Princess Louise, Princess Thyra, Princess Dagmar, Frederik IX, Prince Knud (Heir Presumptive to the Throne), Queen Margrethe, Princess Benedikte, Queen Anne-Marie, Princess Elisabeth, Count Ingolf of Rosenborg, Count Christian of Rosenborg, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim, Prince Christian and Princess Isabella.
The christening robe worn by the little Princess
The christening robe and the bonnet belonged to Queen Ingrid. They were discovered by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe during a review of objects which had been packed away since the death of Queen Ingrid.It is unrecorded how it came into the possession of Queen Ingrid. It is assumed that the christening robe was presented to Queen Ingrid as a gift on the occasion of the birth of Princess Margrethe. This view is shared by a textile conservator at Rosenborg Castle, who dates the textiles, lace and fine needlework of the christening robe to the year 1940. The robe has never been used before.
The christening robe is made of white cotton batiste with horizontal rows of lace insertions on the entire front of the robe. The lace insertions are separated from each other by rows of tiny pleats, known as pin tucks, made in the fabric of the robe.
For the christening of the twins, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess have had minor changes made to the robe. Among other things, delicate old lace from Her Majesty The Queens personal collection has been used for the matching new petticoat and top fabric of the lower part of the robe.
The bonnet and the christening robe do not belong together. The cut of the bonnet is simple and made of very delicate, almost transparent material. It may be a matter of what is known as "nældedug", originally produced from nettles.
The lace on the bonnet is Tønder lace: a broad Danmarks Store Hjerte (Big Heart of Denmark) is used as a lace insertion with straight sides, which is considered unusual. Along the edge of the bonnet, there is a narrow lace trim, a narrow Danmarks Lille Hjerte (Little Heart of Denmark). Queen Alexandrine was presented with Danmarks Store Hjerte as a gift on the occasion of the reunion of North Slesvig with Denmark in 1920. Subsequently, this lace was used on the train of Her Majesty The Queens wedding gown at the wedding in 1967. The same kind of lace was used most recently by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary at the wedding in 2004. The Crown Princesss handkerchief was trimmed with lace made especially for the occasion.