Prince George is Christened!
Prince George arrived for his christening in the arms of Prince William (The Duke of Cambridge) on 23rd October 2013.
This was only the second appearance in public for the three-month old. His first public outing was the day after he was born on July 22, when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in central London.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, greeted the families at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace.
Prince George was wearing a replica of a stunning christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841, which almost touched the ground.
According to information from Clarence House, the Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed before the service began. Her family had arrived as a group earlier – parents Carole and Michael Middleton, together with siblings Pippa and James.
The godparents, who arrived together, were William van Cutsem and wife Rosie, Oliver Baker and wife Melissa, Emilia Jardine-Paterson and husband David, and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and wife Susannah at the front. Julia Samuel was joined by husband Michael and the Duke of Westminster’s son Hugh Grosvenor came alone, followed by Zara and Mike Tindall.
The christening service was relatively short – lasting just 35 minutes.
Following the christening, The Duchess of Cambridge, carries Prince George out of the Chapel Royal
The Archbishop and the Bishop of London were thanked by the family and friends of Their Royal Highnesses, as the guests left.
The elite group then went on to Clarence House where The Prince of Wales and his wife hosted a private tea; guests were served slices of christening cake taken from a tier of saved Royal wedding cake.
Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, was holding Prince George as she and Prince William left the Chapel.