Prince Charles' sweet gesture that shows Lilibet’s christening could be imminent amid Queen’s health woes

Prince Charles could’ve dropped a subtle hint that his granddaughter’s christening isn’t too far away...

Prince Charles visits the King Hussein Mosque on the second day of a visit to Jordan
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Prince Charles’ sweet gesture during his royal trip to Jordan could’ve dropped a hint that his granddaughter Lilibet’s christening is imminent as the Queen’s health woes continue.  

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla have landed in Jordan to begin their tour and it seems they could be taking some very special gifts home with them. The Prince of Wales is the eldest of the Queen’s children and has been taking on an even more prominent role in recent weeks amid the monarch’s health concerns. 

She received advice to “rest” and to her own immense sadness, the Queen’s sprained back also forced her to miss the Remembrance Service on November 14th. Instead, Prince Charles laid a wreath on her behalf, a day before he set off for the Middle East. The Prince of Wales and Duchess Camilla were welcomed by King Abdullah II and Queen Rania upon arriving in Jordan and also paid a visit to Jesus' baptism site at the River Jordan. 

And as reported by the Daily Mail, he’ll supposedly be taking home with him “five or six dozen bottles” of Holy Water from the site for future royal christenings. With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet yet to be baptised, it’s possible that one of these important occasions will be hers. 

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, touches the water next to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to the baptism site

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Royal babies are traditionally christened with Holy Water from the spot where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist and Director General of the Baptism Site, Rustom Mkhjian claimed to the Daily Mail that the Embassy had asked for Holy Water in advance of the royal tour. 

He declared, “This time the Embassy people asked for a few dozen [bottles] of Holy water and we provided them with five dozen, six dozen, prior to this trip.”

And whilst he isn’t completely sure just whose christening the Holy Water could be for, he said that it’s his understanding that it will be used in future royal baptisms. 

“I didn't know, I didn't want to ask. But they said we wanted it for children to be baptised later on. Future baptisms, yes,” he alleged.

Prince Charles’ granddaughter Lilibet’s christening hasn’t been held yet, with speculation mounting in recent months over its location. Some have claimed that the Queen will be present, whilst others suggested the Queen is to miss Lilibet’s christening, alleging it’s due to take place in an Episcopal Church in the US.  

Lilibet’s one of the youngest of the Queen’s great-grandchildren and she, Prince Charles and the rest of the Royal Family still have yet to meet her. If one of the bottles of Holy Water is indeed for Lilibet’s christening, it might be a wonderful sign that the huge occasion is not only imminent, but could possibly take place in the UK. 

However, Princess Eugenie’s son August and Princess Beatrice’s daughter Sienna’s christenings are also still to be held. Whether or not Prince Charles’ alleged bottles of Holy Water could be used for all three baptisms remains to be seen, but it would certainly create a lovely link between the royal babies. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!