LONDON – The christening of Prince George
has taken place in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace
The prince, third in line to the throne, was baptised by
the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The christening was private, with only senior royals,
four members of the Middleton family, the seven
godparents and their spouses among the 22 guests.
Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge, was born in London on 22 July.
He looked understandably plumper and peaceful.
Prince William appeared relieved that his son, who in
his words, has “a voice to match any lion’s roar” was
in a docile mood.
There were just 22 guests gathered inside the Chapel
Royal including the godparents.
The choice of two of them is particularly striking.
Julia Samuel was a close friend of Diana, Princess
of Wales. And William’s former aide Jamie Lowther-
Pinkerton has played a pivotal role as the future king has
developed as a senior royal.
The godparents, announced earlier, are Oliver Baker,
Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie
Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem
and Zara Tindall.
Mrs Tindall, wife of former England rugby player Mike
Tindall, is Prince William’s cousin, while the other six
godparents are all friends of the royal couple.
Prince George was baptised in a replica of the lace and
satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest
daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841.
The duke and duchess chose two hymns, two lessons
and two anthems for the christening.
The hymns were Breathe on Me, Breath of God
and Be Thou My Vision.
Lessons from St Luke and St John were read by Pippa
Middleton and Prince Harry, and the anthems were
Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand and The Lord
Bless You and Keep You.
The anthems were sung by the Choir of Her
Majesty’s Chapel Royal, which performed at the
royal couple’s wedding.
The ceremony took about 45 minutes in total. (BBC)
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