Prince George made only his second public appearance of his life today (Wednesday) as he was baptized at St. James Palace in London. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge planned a small intimate christening for their son with only the most senior and immediate royal and Middleton family members and George's seven godparents and their spouses invited, according to a Palace press release. Prince George's royal nanny, Jessie Webb, was also photographed outside the small chapel following the ceremony.
Here are 10 things to know about Prince George's christening:
1. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose seven godparents for their son, Prince George. They include:
- Mr Oliver Baker (Oliver Baker attended the University of St Andrews with The Duke and Duchess)
- Mrs David Jardine-Paterson (Emilia Jardine-Paterson attended Marlborough College with The Duchess)
- Earl Grosvenor (Hugh) (Earl Grosvenor is the son of The Duke of Westminster)
- Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton 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 Hon Mrs Michael Samuel (Julia Samuel was a close friend of The Princess of Wales)
- Mrs Michael Tindall (Zara Phillips-Tindall is The Duke of Cambridge’s cousin)
- Mr William van Cutsem (William van Cutsem is a childhood friend of The Duke of Cambridge)
2. Others invited to the royal baptism of The Prince of Cambridge include:
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh
The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry
Mr and Mrs Michael Middleton, Mr James Middleton and Miss Pippa Middleton
3. Prince George was wearing a hand made replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by Angela Kelly, Dressmaker to The Queen.
4. The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan will be used during the baptism.
5. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening of their son, Prince George.
- The Hymns are Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision.
- The lessons are from St. Luke ch. 18, verses 15-17, read by Miss Pippa Middleton and St. John ch. 15, verses 1-5, read by Prince Harry.
- The anthems are Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand (Richard Popplewell) and The Lord Bless You and Keep You (John Rutter). Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand was written for Prince William’s baptism on 4th August 1982.
6. The anthems will be performed by The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal. The Processional Organ Music will be J. S. Bach’s Fantasia in G (BWV 572). The Recessional Organ Music will be C. M. Widor’s Toccata from Symphony No 5.
7. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will baptize Prince George. He will be supported by The Dean of The Chapel Royal (The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres) and The Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal (The Reverend Prebendary William Scott).
8. The St James’s Palace detachment of The Queen’s Guard turned out in Colour Court for The Queen’s arrival. The Queen will was received with the Royal Salute.
9. Following the service, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will give a private tea in Clarence House. Guests will be served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.
10. Official portraits from the royal baptism, taken by photographer Jason Bell, will be released on Thursday, October 24.