Royal Christening of HRH Princess Diane
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To all Royals and Heads of State,
"Under His Majesty King Lawrence I and Her Majesty Queen Grace II. HRH Princess Royal-Duchess Montenbourg and the Duke of Strasbourg, Caroline and Ernest extend a formal invitation to the Christening of HRH Princess Diane, actual nephew of His Majesties. The service will be held at Gothenburg Cathedral on April 13."-. HRH Princess Royal-Duchess Caroline
A royal emissary sends formally this invitation to the Royals and Heads of State of:
- United Kingdom
-The Republic of Atlexy
- Luz de Libertados
- Duxburian Union
We remind the guests, that they will be greeted at the Airport by a royal delegation. But formally be introduced to the King and Queen at the Christening Reception before the service. After the service the King of Montenbourg will host a state dinner for the Heads of State at the Bourgeon Palace. The officiating clergy at the christening of Princess Diane will be the The Most Reverend Archbishop Antje Jackelén, assisted by The Right Reverend Bishop and Chief Court Chaplain Dr. Johan Dalman, and The Reverend, Court Chaplain and Rector of the Royal Court Parish Michael Bjerkhagen. The invited guests are family and friends, representatives of HM Government and official Montenbourg. Princess Diane will be baptized in the same gown worn by Crown Prince James, Princess Helena, Princess Leonore, Prince Nicolas, Prince Alexander, and Prince Gabriel at their christenings. The water used at the christening will come from a spring on Monterini.
*Please RSVP detailing your delegation, if your nation don't appear on the list feel free to write a letter to the Royal Household.
The pealing from of Gothenbourg Cathedral Bell's could be heard all over the Capital as the crisp April day lapsed into the afternoon. Thousands were crowded around the massive cathedral as they waited for their first official glimpse of the new princess. Since Princess Diane's birth nearly a week earlier, only a single image of her had been released to the public; they craved more, wanting to see the infant face of the child of the Princess Royal and the Duke of Strasbourg.
From each province of the Kingdom, Dukes, Duchesses, Earls, Counts, Viscounts and Barons start walking towards the entrance of the Cathedral. Waiving to the public. As the people awaits for the Royal Family to Arrive.
The people cheers as the Royal Motorcade arrives.
The Royal Motorcade approaches to the Cathedral... Trumpets Sounds.
The Princess Royal arrives in the royal carriage.
She waves towards the public, and it cheers. People full of Hoorays. She enters the cathedral with her husband and the baby princess Diane. Followed by his brother Prince Jonathan which also waves at the people before entering to the cathedral, giving time for the monarchs entrance.
The Royal Motorcade stops in front of the Cathedral. People start cheering and waving. Many shouting "Bevare Gud vår kung! (God save our King). Trumpets sound and the King dismount from the motorcade, following cheers and excitment as he wave towards the public getting towards the steps of the Cathedral as her wife, the Queen, arrives in the second car.
The Queen saw all the people staring at her motorcade waiting for her to come out and follow his husband, the King, on the steps of the cathedral. As she dismounted photgraphers and assistants stumbled with her fashion outlooks as she was wearing an Oscarl di la Rentall. People where cheering and clapping. As she aproach to his husband both walking to the cathedral for the Ceremony.
Inside the cathedral, the Royal Family slowly made their way towards the pews at the end of the aisle. The Princess Royal, who was carrying the infant princess, carefully removed the swaddling covering her, revealing that she was wearing a pure-white-dress. The sounds of cameras clicking could be heard as the couple made their way forward, the media taking in its fill of the new princess. As the couple knelt down and entered the pew, the princess-whose ruby-red eyes perfectly matched her mother's-glanced around in wonder and awe. The couple left the leading pews vacant for the foreign heads-of-state as they began entering as well.
Once Archbishop Antje Jackelén arrived at the altar and performed the opening rites, she turned his weary-looking eyes towards the massive congregation behind him. He bowed once before speaking.
"The Lord be with you."
"And with your spirit," the congregation responded, mostly in unison.
"In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit," the archbishop continued, making the Sign of the Cross; the rest of the congregation, for the most part-copied the same gesture.
"Brothers and sisters, we are gathered here today to welcome into the Church His Majesties and Her Royal Highness. The daughter of our Princess Royal," she gestured towards the Royal Family in the lead pew, to which the King and Queen gave a slight bow. Archbishop Jackelén then gestured for the family to approach the altar. "God, who has been blessed with the joy with which the parents welcomed this child as a gift from God, the source of life, now wishes to bestow his own life on this little one." The Princess Royal, The Duke of Strasbourg, and the infant princess stood and made their way towards the altar as directed, with the King gently placing his arm around the Princess Royal as she held the princess-who was busy staring up at the brightly-lit cathedral.
The Princess Royal, The Duke of Strasbourg and the new princess-still held in the Princess Royal holed arms-made their way up to the altar in silence. Standing a few feet before the altar, all bowed their heads as a prayer was offered. before the baptism continued; the infant's eyes darted wildly about at the sights, sounds, and smells before her. The Archbishop then approached the Imperial Family; his grizzled features contained the faintest of smiles.
"What name have you given this child?" the Archbishop asked.
"Diane," the King replied.
"And what do you ask of God's Church for Diane?" This time, the Archbishop looked at the Princess Royal.
"Baptism," both the Princess Royal, the Duke of Strasbourg, and The King replied in a single voice.
"You have asked to have your child baptized," the Archbishop continued. "In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring her up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?"
"We do," the Royals replied, again in unison. The Archbishop then continued the rites as a pair of altar servers approached with a chrism of oil.
"Diane, Princess of Newmonten, the Christian community welcomes you with great joy. In its name I claim you for Christ our Savior by the sign of his cross. I now trace the cross on your forehead." With that, the Archbishop gently dabbed his thumb into the oil and carefully traced a cross onto the infant's forehead; Diane's bright red eyes followed his every movement in awe and wonder while her parents looked on happily.
"My dear brothers and sisters," the Archbishop continued, passing the oil back to the alter server, "let us ask our Lord Jesus Christ to look lovingly on this child who is to be baptized, on her parents and godparents, and on all the baptized. By the mystery of His death and resurrection, bathe this child in light, give her the new life of baptism and welcome her into your holy Church. We ask this through Christ, our Lord."
"Amen," the congregation replied in unison. The Archbishop then turned his attention to Queen Grace, who had silently appeared behind the couple.
"Are you ready to help the parents of this child in their duty as Christian parents?" she asked.
The Archbishop gave a nod to the princess's prospective godparents before continuing.
"Dear parents and godparents, you have come here to present this child for baptism. By water and the Holy Spirit she is to receive the gift of new life from God, who is love. On your part, you must make it your constant care to bring her up in the practice of the faith. See that the divine life which God gives her is kept safe from the poison of sin, to grow always stronger in her heart. If your faith makes you ready to accept this responsibility, reject sin and profess your faith in Christ Jesus. This is the faith of the Church. This is the faith in which this child is about to be baptized." The Archbishop then reached over to one of the altar servers and took a small silver boat; the Princess Royal and the Duke of Strasbourg gently leaned over the nearby baptismal font, while the infant princess contorted to look at the thing below her.
"Do you reject Satan?
And all his works?
Do you reject sin, so as to live in the freedom of God's children?
Do you reject the glamor of evil, and refuse to be mastered by sin?
Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?" the Archbishop asked, with each question punctuated by the four saying "I do" in unison. After the last question, the Archbishop made the sign of the cross.
"This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"Amen," the entire congregation replied.
After the Archbishop finished, he gestured for the four to proceed towards the nearby baptism font; he soon joined them, and an altar server followed him over before opening up the Bible and allowing the Archbishop to continue.
"Father, you give us grace through sacramental signs, which tell us of the wonders of your unseen power. In baptism we use your gift of water, which you have made a rich symbol of the grace you give us in this sacrament. At the very dawn of creation your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. The waters of the great flood you made a sign of the waters of baptism, that make an end of sin and a new beginning of goodness. Through the waters of the Red Sea you led Israel out of slavery, to be an image of God's holy people, set free from sin by baptism. In the waters of the Jordan your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Spirit. Your Son willed that water and blood should flow from his side as he hung upon the cross." With that, the Archbishop then made the sign of the cross over the water while the infant princess looked on, intensely curious as to what was happening.
"We ask you, Father, with your Son to send the Holy Spirit upon the water of this font. May all who are buried with Christ in the death of baptism rise also with him to newness of life. We ask this through Christ our Lord."
"Amen," the entire congregation repeated. The Archbishop then gestured for the Royal couple to approach the font while he reached for the nearby cup and dipped it into the water. The Princess Royal carefully held the princess over the font, causing her to wriggle slightly.
"Diane, I baptize you in the name of the Father," she poured some of the water over the infant's head, "and of the Son," he repeated the gesture, causing Diane to cry out, "and of the Holy Spirit." He emptied the rest of the water over her head before the Princess Royal pulled her back and began carefully drying her off.
"Amen," the rest of the congregation replied.