The private ceremony to christen future King, HRH Prince George of Cambridge, started today, October 23 at 2:00pm local time in St. James’s Palace, according to the Telegraph. While there will be no photographs taken inside the ceremony, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen arriving with their young son. It was the first time the baby Prince had been seen publically since the days following his birth. HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh were seen arriving, with the Queen in a blue dress, perfectly fitting the occasion. The Middleton family was spotted walking to the cathedral, with Pippa simply grinning from ear to ear. The intimate ceremony was to last only 45 minutes and with but 60 people in attendance. As is a custom, the Duke and Duchess saved the top two layers of their wedding cake to serve at the christening. Following the ceremony, TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be hosting a tea.
Before the ceremony, Kensington Palace officially announced the seven godparents Zara Tindall, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Julia Samuel and William van Cutsem. The only member of the royal family included was Zara Tindall, cousin of Prince William and daughter of HRH The Princess Royal. It is said that the couple chose Zara because she has forged her own path bridging her life both as a royal and that as a career woman. It is clearly a statement that the Duke and Duchess want their son to be grounded and understand life outside the palace walls. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, is the Duke and Duchess's principal private secretary who has worked for the Duke since 2005 and is obviously a close confidant. Oliver Baker is a friend of both the Duke and Duchess from their days at St Andrews University, while Emilia Jardine-Paterson attended Marlborough College with the former Kate Middleton. Earl Grosvenor is the son of the Duke of Westminster but maybe more tellingly, his mother is a godparent of Prince William and was reportedly the only one chosen by his mother. One of the more surprising and touching choices was The Hon. Julia Samuel, who was a close friend of the late Princess of Wales and William van Cutsem is a name familiar to royal watchers as he has been a friend of William’s since childhood.
The official photographs will be taken at Clarence House and will include the first picture of four generations of monarchs since Queen Victoria. The portraits, taken by Jason Bell, will be released Thursday night by Kensington Palace.