October 23

The Christening of Prince George

Prince George is to be christened in the chapel Royal in St James Palace The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will baptize their first child, George Alexander Louis, three months after his birth.

Third in line to the throne, the young prince was born on July 22.

Here’s a look at five things to know before Prince George’s royal christening on October 23 2013:

Who are the godparents?

In line with royal tradition, Prince George is said to have six godparents, but only three have b…een announced so far.

Unlike with previous customs, Prince George’s godparents will all mostly be commoners—a first ever for the British Royal family who traditionally pick European royalty.

According to reports, Prince William has chosen his former university friend, Fergus Boyd, as George’s godfather while Kate has reportedly chosen her school friend Emilia d’Erlanger as godmother.

The Sunday Times says that William’s lifelong friend Hugh van Cutsem will also join as a godparent at the ceremony Wednesday.

The rest of the godparents will be revealed during Wednesday’s ceremony.

Who will attend?

The “small intimate affair” will last approximately 45 minutes and will remain relatively informal and private. Only Will’s close family and friends will be in attendance.

Kensington Palace has not released the full guest list.

When and where will the christening take place?

The baptism will take place at 3 pm in the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace in London.

What is the significance of Chapel Royal?

Traditionally, royal christenings take place in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace.

Kate and Prince William, however, have chosen to hold the ceremony at the Chapel Royal, the same place where the body of Princess Diana, William’s mother, laid for a week before her burial in 1997.

Who will conduct the ceremony?

The ceremony will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

What will Prince George wear?

It is believed the young baby will be baptized in a replica Honiton lace gown that was worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter during her christening in 1841.

The gown has been used for generations, including William himself.

The last royal baby to wear the ensemble was Prince Edward’s daughter in 2004.

[Shaw Media, 2013]


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