We haven’t seen the royal baby since he was taken home from St. Mary’s Hospital in July, but the first photos from Prince George’s christening emerged on Wednesday.
His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, the three-month-old son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was christened Wednesday in a small ceremony at St. James's Palace. Only 22 people attended the ceremony conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby. The baby was baptized into the Church of England in an antique silver font in the Chapel Royal of St. James's Palace as a small scarlet-and-gold-clad choir sang hymns.
Close friends and family were invited by the royal couple, including the baby’s great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Harry; Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton; and her siblings, James and Pippa Middleton.
Prince William and Kate arrived by car, with the new father in the front seat and the duchess in the back with the three-month-old in a car seat.
Upon arrival, Prince George was held by his father, wearing a suit and baby blue tie. Baby George, wearing a lace and white satin christening gown (a replica of a gown made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter), matched his mother, who dressed in a cream-colored ruffled dress and fascinator. Camilla and Pippa also wore cream. The queen arrived dressed in blue and all were greated by the archbishop.
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A video posted on The Mirror showed Baby George all dressed up in his father’s arms, appearing to wave to the camera during press interviews.
During the brief, 45-minute ceremony, Pippa and Harry – who were not named as godparents – gave readings of two hymns chosen by the royal couple, "Breathe on Me, Breath of God" and "Be Thou My Vision," respectively.
The royal baby, who was born at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington (the same hospital where the late Princess Diana gave birth to William), is the first future monarch in centuries 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 Will, Charles and the queen were all baptized at four to six weeks old.
Prince William and the duchess announced six hours before the ceremony that the baby 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 St. Andrew's University), 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).