The day of the royal baby christening is finally here! Prince George, the son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, will be christened Wednesday in a small ceremony at St. James' Palace.
While the ceremony will only be for close friends and family, countless fans and well-wishers have gathered outside the palace hoping to glimpse Prince George. But for those unable to make it to London, there’s a live stream camera online for you to watch all the action.
The Mirror is live streaming the event and posting updates and photos directly from the scene ahead of the 2:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. EST) christening. The ceremony will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby. Follow this link to watch the front doors of St. James’ Palace, currently being guarded by two security officials.
Among those 22 guests attending will be the baby’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip, as well as Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry. Of course, Middleton and Prince William will be present along with the Duchess’ family: parents Carole and Michael Middleton, and siblings, James and Pippa Middleton.
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Prince George will don a lace-and-white-satin christening gown, a replica of a gown made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, according to Kensington Palace.
Following the christening, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will host a private tea at Clarence House along with christening cake, a tier taken directly from William and Kate’s 2011 wedding cake.
Prince George has not been seen in public since he was born on July 22, though pictures have been released of him since his birth. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed George at 4:24 p.m. at the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, the same hospital where the late Princess Diana gave birth to William. The baby weighed 8lbs, 6oz. His name was revealed just two days later to be His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
The royal baby is the first future monarch not to be baptized at Buckingham Palace. The royal couple have also waited much longer than usual to christen Prince George, nearly three months, whereas William, Charles and the Queen were all baptized at 4 to 6 weeks old.
"As a nation we're celebrating the birth of someone who in due course will be the head of state,” the Archbishop said in a statement. “That's extraordinary. It gives you this sense of forward looking, of the forwardness of history as well as the backwardness of history."
The baby also will have seven godparents, a mix of old friends from university, one close aide and one family member. The godparents are: Oliver Baker (the couple’s friend from University of St Andrews), Emilia Jardine-Paterson (Middleton’s friend from Marlborough College), Earl Grosvenor (son of the Duke of Westminster), Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (a former private secretary to the duke and duchess), Julia Samuel (a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales), William van Cutsem (William’s childhood friend) and Zara Tindall (Prince William’s cousin).