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Louis Haghe (1806-85)

The banquet for Prince Leopold's christening, 28 June 1853 dated 1853

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 33.0 x 47.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919917

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Prince Leopold, Victoria and Albert’s youngest son, was christened on 28 June 1853 at Buckingham Palace. The Queen recorded in her journal that the baby ʻscreamed a good deal while being baptizedʼ. Leopold’s parents and godparents later attended a banquet in the Picture Gallery. The colour lilac, which decorates the gallery walls, was fashionable in the 1850s.