It’s not every day that one of the heir’s to the English throne gets christened. Prince Louis, who is fifth in line for the throne, was christened today. His christening was a small family and friends event. His uncle Prince Harry commiserated Louis’ christening by gifting the 11-week-old a first edition of Winnie The Pooh, which cost roughly $10,000.
The private christening will be held in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. Louis will be baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. The Archbishop also christened and confirmed Duchess Meghan Markle and married her and Harry.
Harry purchased a 1926 first edition of A.A. Milne’s book for a good reason. His friend told The Sun Harry was an avid reader when he was young and some of his fondest memories with his mom where of her reading to him. He wants to share that with his nephew.
“[Princess Diana] loved all the classics and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions,” the Prince’s friend told The Sun.
Only 30,000 first edition copies were printed of Winnie The Pooh. Harry purchased his first edition from rare bookseller Peter Harrington in Kensington, London. He was between the first edition of Winnie The Pooh and the first edition of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, which was priced at roughly $31,717. He ultimately chose Winnie The Pooh.
Harry is a big fan of A.A. Milne but Pooh wasn’t his brother, Prince William’s favorite book. Harry’s friend told The Sun that Robinson Crusoe was William’s favorite book.
Prince Louis was born on April 23 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. For his baptism, he’ll be wearing the same gown as his brother Prince Goerge and sister Princess Charlotte wore. Prince Louis’ godparents will be announced later today as well. Bookmarkers are predicting that William and Duchess Kate will choose friends and not family as Louis’ godparents.