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NEW ROYAL RITUALS: Three-month old Prince George made his second public appearance for his Christening at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London on Wednesday.
The young prince wore a lace gown that was a replica commissioned by the Queen to preserve the original gown, which was first worn in 1841 at the Christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, and then at every subsequent royal christening, including that of Her Majesty. The Duchess co-ordinated in a cream ruffled Alexander McQueen dress.
According to royal tradition, the water used for the Christening ceremony came from the Jordan river. It was used by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Reverend Justin Welby, to baptize Prince George over the Lily Font, a silver baptismal font commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 for the birth of their first daughter.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, and the Middleton family were all assembled for the occasion.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose seven godparents for their son. Traditionally, foreign royalty and members of the British monarchy are chosen as godparents but the royal couple opted instead for close friends and family. Prince George’s godparents include Zara Tindall, William’s cousin; Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the couple’s part-time private secretary; Oliver Baker, a friend from St. Andrews University; Hugh Grosvenor, the son of the Duke of Westminster and family friend; Julia Samuel, a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales; William van Cutsem, a childhood friend of William’s; and Emilia Jardine-Paterson, a friend who attended Marlborough College with Kate.
This was the first time that a future monarch wasn’t Christened at Buckingham Palace. The Cambridges chose the Chapel Royal, where Princess Diana’s coffin was laid before her funeral, at St James’s Palace instead. Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests took tea at Clarence House, where guests were served cake from a tier of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.