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Prince George of Cambridge christened in private St. James' Palace ceremony

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Prince George of Cambridge has been christened today, October 23, in a modest ceremony involving only his nearest and dearest—and seven godparents. The future king, now three months old, wore a replica of the Victorian-era robe now deemed too fragile for use, and was carried into the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace by his two beaming parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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The guest list included the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Middleton parents and siblings. The best-known godparent is Zara Phillips. Two surprising omissions are the Duchess of Cambridge's sister, Pippa Middleton, who was widely believed to have been on the list, and Prince Harry.

However, the two siblings did read from the Bible at the ceremony, which included the hymns “Breathe on Me, Breath of God" and "Be Thou My Vision." As per tradition, the princeling was baptized with water from the River Jordan.

According to CNN, the other six godparents Oliver Baker, a St. Andrew's friend, the Duchess of Cambridge's old schoolfriend Emilia Jardine-Paterson, William van Cutsem, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, friend to the late Princess of Wales, and Hugh Grosvenor, son of the Duke of Westminster and an earl in his own right.

The Duchess wore a cream-colored Alexander McQueen dress for the ceremony, which was carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury. CBS News reported that the Archbishop greeted them at the chapel, but the ceremony was largely private. Official pictures of Prince George's christening will be released Thursday and the royals later celebrated at a tea held by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Sources: CNN; CBS; Getty Images

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