George, William, and Kate arrive to cameras and a lot of love at St. James' Palace for Prince George's christening on Oct. 23. The royal family looked lovely as they entered the Palace for a private ceremony. Sky.com reports that only immediate family was in attendance along with George's godparents and their partners. The service was conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury and lasted 45 minutes.
"Harry and Pippa both gave readings and William and Kate chose two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the service," Sky.com. Interestingly enough, Prince Harry and Kate's sister, Pippa, were not named as godparents to Prince George (see the full list of six godparents below).
George, William, and Kate arrived at St. James' Palace looking like a well put together family. Duchess Kate looked beautiful (as always) wearing an ivory Alexander McQueen dress and a fascinator by Jane Taylor. The Duke of Cambridge looked dapper in a suit as he held his 3-month-old son who donned a traditional Honiton lace christening gown.
The royal family followed tradition on many levels but chose to have the ceremony at St. James' Palace rather than Buckingham Palace. It is believed that Prince William and Kate Middleton chose Chapel Royal in remembrance of William's late mother, Princess Diana. Her coffin was here before her funeral in 1997.
George, William, and Kate can arrive anywhere and people will go crazy but today was a very special day for the royal family. Prince George has officially been christened.
Prince George's godparents are: Zara Tindall, Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem, and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.
Mr Lowther-Pinkerton is William and Kate's former private secretary, who continues to serve part-time as their principal private secretary and equerry.
Mr Baker is an old university friend who attended St Andrews with William and Kate, while Earl Grosvenor, whose first name is Hugh, is the son of the Duke of Westminster.
Ms Samuel was a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, and is the founder patron of Child Bereavement UK, which has William as its royal patron.
Mr van Cutsem is an old family friend of William and Harry, while Ms Jardine-Paterson is an interior designer and an old Malborough College friend of Kate, who also uses her maiden name d'Erlanger in her working life (via Sky.com).
© Effie Orfanides 2013