Prince George’s christening: The royal couple arrives

October 23, 2013

Time for more royal excitement: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have officially made their way the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace for the christening of their son, three-month-old Prince George. William arrived holding his son, decked out in his christening gown, while his wife beamed next to him, wearing a typically spectacular ensemble. Twitter started going crazy immediately.

 

The christening, starting at 10 a.m. ET, is expected to last about 45 minutes. But  we’re just going to have to wait for the pictures — this isn’t anywhere close to the same spectacle as William and Kate’s wedding, which was broadcast around the world. Or George’s birth, when media staked out for weeks, and Will and Kate arrived on the hospital steps for a brief photo-op. This time, the christening ceremony will be a quiet, private affair, with just close family and friends.

What we do know is happening inside the chapel: Baby George’s satin and lace christening gown will not be the same one his father and grandfather wore — instead, it’s a replica of a 1841 gown created for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. Famed photographer Jason Bell will be taking official pictures after the ceremony, which are expected to be released sometime tomorrow.

Before the ceremony, cable news channels showed a stream of guests arriving, including the Queen; Prince Harry; Kate’s parents, Carol and Michael; Pippa, etc.

Big news earlier in the day: Seven (seven!) godparents were named, and Harry and Pippa aren’t on the list. One CNN anchor speculated that perhaps Harry’s official role would be “naughty uncle.”

The list of official godparents include friends of the royal couple, Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson and William van Cutsem; plus, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the couple’s private secretary; Julia Samuel, a close friend of Princess Diana; Earl Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster’s son;  and Zara Tindall, Prince William’s cousin.

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