For those living under a rock, it’s baby Prince George’s christening today!
This morning Kensington Palace announced a little bit of news about the private ceremony. Firstly, the royal parents have chosen to keep the christening very small and intimate, with less than 25 guests attending (we’ll find out who below!)
Prince George’s godparents have also been announced, and the Duke and Duchess have broke tradition again choosing seven godparents instead of six (would we expect anything less?) The godparents are Oliver Baker (who attended St. Andrew’s University) Emilia Jardine-Paterson (formally D’Erlander) who attended Marlborough College with Kate, Earl Grosvenor (otherwise known as Hugh, Earl Grosvenor is the son of The Duke of Westminster), Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (William, Kate and Harry’s former Private Secretary), The Hon Mrs Michael Samuel (otherwise known as Julia Samuel – Diana, Princess of Wales’ good friend), Zara Philips (William’s cousin) and William van Cutsem (family friend, Prince Charles was good friends with William’s late father Hugh.)
Tea and Cake:
After the ceremony, the guests (which in addition to the godparents listed above and their spouses, includes the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton) will join William, Kate and George for tea at Clarence House. The top tier of William and Kate’s wedding cake will be served, as is British tradition. The cake was designed by Fiona Cairns, and originally had eight tiers.
The christening will take place at 3pm (BST) today, in The Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace at the ‘Lily Font‘, a silver baptismal font commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 for the birth of their first child Victoria, Princess Royal. It has been used at every christening since. In addition, Kensington Palace confirmed that George will be christened using water from the River Jordan. We also know the baby will wear a handmade replica of the delicate Hointon lace and white satin christening gown first worn 172 years ago by Queen Victoria’s first born. Royal babies wore the traditional gown until 2004, when Queen Elizabeth decided the gown was past its prime and ordered a replica to be made from her dressmaker, Angela Kelly.
The christening has lots of significance for the future King, who will be come Protector of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England during his future reign. As such, he must become a fully confirmed member of the religion.
Traditionally, after the private ceremony, a few photographs are released to the media. Photographs are expected to be seen by the public tomorrow at the earliest. Kate and William have hired Jason Bell to be the official photographer for the ceremony. Mr Bell is a well-established portrait photographer and some of his work hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, of which Kate is patron. It is speculated that she saw his work hanging in the gallery, and this influenced the decision.