Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive with their son Prince George of Cambridge at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in central London on October 23, 2013

Little Price George wore a replica of an intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter and first used in 1841

George, the son of Prince William and his wife, Kate, was christened by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace. The infant wore a replica of an intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter and first used in 1841.

He arrived at the chapel in his father’s arms with his mother by their side, and appeared to wave at his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, although it was really a case of William moving his son’s hand up and down.


Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh followed by the Prince of Wales (background) leave after the ceremony

Kate wore a cream-colored bespoke dress by Alexander McQueen, the British fashion house whose creative director, Sarah Burton, also designed the Duchess’ wedding dress. Kate also wore a matching hat by Jane Taylor, and had her long hair brushed to the side.

The queen and her husband Prince Philip attended the event Wednesday, along with Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Prince Harry and other royals. Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton and her sister Pippa and brother James were also on the guest list.

William and Kate have asked seven people to be godparents to their son, who was born July 22 and is third in line for the British throne.
Some royal watchers have camped outside the palace for more than 24 hours to obtain a good vantage point for watching the guests arrive, but the ceremony will be private. William and Kate have hired photographer Jason Bell to take official pictures, which are expected to include a historic multi-generational photograph of the queen with three future monarchs: her son Charles, her grandson William and her great-grandson George. The official photographs are expected to be released to the public the day after the christening.

William and Kate talk to the Queen (in blue, obscured)

Pippa and James Middleton arrive at the Chapel Royal

Pippa Middleton read from the Gospel of St. Luke and Prince Harry read from the Gospel of St. John, palace officials said. The two hymns were “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” and “Be Thou My Vision.” The seven godparents were also present. They are: Oliver Baker, a friend from St. Andrews University; Emilia Jardine-Paterson, who went to school at the exclusive Marlborough College with Kate; Hugh Grosvenor, who is the son of the Duke of Westminster; Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former private secretary to the couple; Julia Samuel, described as a close friend of the late Princess Diana; Zara Phillips, who is William’s cousin; and William van Cutsem, a childhood friend of William. Palace officials said tradition would be followed and water from the River Jordan — where Christians believe Jesus Christ was baptized — would be used for the christening. The river’s waters have often been used to make the sign of the cross on the heads of royal infants. Charles and Camilla plan to host a private tea afterward at their Clarence House residence.

Godparent Zara Philips and husband Mike Tindall Arrive

Carole Middleton, Kate's mother, leaves the chapel
Kate's dad, Michael Middleton
The prince was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh arrive to attend the christening of HRH Prince George Of Cambridge at St James's Palace on October 23, 2013
William, Kate and George after the ceremony
Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the christening of their son Prince George at St James's Palace in London, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
Michael and Julia Samuel, one of George's godparents, arrive along with Hugh Grosvenor, another Godparent

Royal supporters sit opposite St. James's Palace in central London Wednesday ahead of Prince George's Christening.

Crowds gather ahead of the christening Wednesday.
William and private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton winch in the sail on a 79 foot ex-America's Cup Yacht on January 17, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. Lowther-Pinkerton was named one of Prince George's new set of godparents