Prince George’s christening went perfectly, by all accounts, with a smiling baby and a mother who could barely contain her joy. The three months old baby was christened on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Chapel Royal. 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 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 of Cambridge actually surprised everyone by choosing seven godparents for Prince George, with Zara Tindall the only member of the Royal family among them. According to recent tradition, members of the Royal family have six godparents, but the couple opted for one more so that they could accommodate a broad mix of aristocrats, family and school and university friends.
Among them is Mr. Oliver Baker, who attended the University of St Andrews with The Duke and Duchess. Then goes Mrs. David Jardine-Paterson, who studied at Marlborough College with The Duchess. Earl Grosvenor, the son of The Duke of Westminster. Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, she served as Private Secretary to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry from 2005-2012 and continues to serve part-time as Principal Private Secretary and Equerry.
The close friend of The Princess of Wales â€“ Mrs. Julia Samuel, who is founder patron and trustee of Child Bereavement UK and works as a maternity and paediatric counsellor at St Maryâ€™s Hospital, Paddington, where Prince George was born. The Duke of Cambridgeâ€™s cousin Zara Tindall, 32, is the closest to him in age of his six cousins and shares his love of riding, is also a godparents.
And one of the Duke of Cambridgeâ€™s oldest friends, William van Cutsem, 33, is the son of the late Hugh van Cutsem, who became the Prince of Walesâ€™s closest friend during their time at Cambridge University.
While Oliver Baker and Emilia Jardine-Paterson were expected to be chosen, papers had wrongly prophesized William van Cutsemâ€™s brother, Hugh, as a godparents (the entire van Cutsem family is close to the Walesâ€™s) as well as friend Fergus Boyd.
Attending a reception at Buckingham Palace after the event, the Queen told guests how much she had enjoyed the ceremony, reports the BBC News.
“It was very nice though, wasn’t it?” she told the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, at the event for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
The same day after the christening of Prince George of Cambridge the royal family was photographed in The Morning Room at Clarence House.
They were taken by Jason Bell, 44, whose pictures in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery caught the eye of the Duchess of Cambridge, who is the galleryâ€™s Patron. The youngest member of the Royal family may have to wait 60 years or more before his turn to be king finally comes around, and on that day Mr. Bellâ€™s photographs will, no doubt, be aired once again, reports the Telegraph.