Christening of Prince George

The christening of Prince George of Cambridge took place in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London this afternoon.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George at his christening © PA

The three-month-old prince who is third in line to the throne was carried into the chapel by his father, the Duke of Cambridge, before being baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

There were broad smiles all round, and Prince George, who was born on 22 July, appeared to treat the crowds of well-wishers and press photographers to a royal wave.

After the ceremony, Prince George was carried outside by his mother, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who looked glowing in a glamourous cream Alexander McQueen coat-dress.

The christening was a private, intimate occasion with only 22 guests including senior royals, the Middleton family, the seven godparents and their spouses. Tradition was broken as Prince George’s parents chose close friends as godparents, rather than royal connections. The only exception was the Duke’s cousin, Zara Tindall.

Prince George’s other godparents are Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall.

Mr Lowther-Pinkerton is a former royal aide, while Emilia Jardine-Paterson is a friend of the Duchess from Marlborough College. Julia Samuel was a close friend of William’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

After the ceremony, and the guests left for tea hosted by the Prince of Wales at Clarence House, where christening cake – one of the tiers of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake – was served.

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