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Prince George christened


LONDON – The christening of Prince George

has taken place in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace

in London.

The prince, third in line to the throne, was baptised by

the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The christening was private, with only senior royals,

four members of the Middleton family, the seven

godparents and their spouses among the 22 guests.

Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of

Cambridge, was born in London on 22 July.

He looked understandably plumper and peaceful.

Prince William appeared relieved that his son, who in

his words, has “a voice to match any lion’s roar” was

in a docile mood.

There were just 22 guests gathered inside the Chapel

Royal including the godparents.

The choice of two of them is particularly striking.

Julia Samuel was a close friend of Diana, Princess

of Wales. And William’s former aide Jamie Lowther-

Pinkerton has played a pivotal role as the future king has

developed as a senior royal.

The godparents, announced earlier, are Oliver Baker,

Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie

Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem

and Zara Tindall.

Mrs Tindall, wife of former England rugby player Mike

Tindall, is Prince William’s cousin, while the other six

godparents are all friends of the royal couple.

Prince George was baptised in a replica of the lace and

satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest

daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841.

The duke and duchess chose two hymns, two lessons

and two anthems for the christening.

The hymns were Breathe on Me, Breath of God

and Be Thou My Vision.

Lessons from St Luke and St John were read by Pippa

Middleton and Prince Harry, and the anthems were

Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand and The Lord

Bless You and Keep You.

The anthems were sung by the Choir of Her

Majesty’s Chapel Royal, which performed at the

royal couple’s wedding.

The ceremony took about 45 minutes in total. (BBC)

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