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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Prince George is Christened!

Pardon me while I interrupt the 18th century costume tutorials to provide my Royal loving readers a glimpse of Prince George on his christening day.

It was the first time in three months that the public was able to view the young prince and he is truly a darling cherub!

Sweet child: The public got the chance to see three-month-old Prince George as he was taken into St James Palace for his christening today

Prince George arrived with his father and mother, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It appears that Prince George favors his mother. He definitely has her eyes.

Smiling and happy: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge grinned at their family as they held their young prince

Prince George wore a replica of the 172-year-old Honiton lace and cream satin royal christening robe. 

Queen Elizabeth II speaks with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The intricate lace and satin christening gown was originally made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, in 1841 and was also worn by Prince William at his christening. Due to the age and delicate condition of the gown a replica was made in 2004.

In this image Queen Victoria holds her great-grandson, the future King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972). He is wearing the royal christening robe first worn by his grandmother.

Heritage: Queen Victoria in 1894 at the christening of her great-grandson, the future King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972)

The christening service took place in The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace at 3pm. Prince George Alexander Louis was baptized, using water from the River Jordan, by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Intimate: The little-known Chapel Royal at St James's Palace has been chosen for Prince George's christening

Royals in attendance were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, The baby’s grandfather, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

Prince George's Christening at St. James's Palace

The Duchesses parents, Carol and Mike Middleton, attended.

Michael Middleton leaves the Chapel

Carole Middleton

As did her brother, James, and sister, Pippa, who wore a trapeze' coat and 'Paris' dress by British designer, Suzannah.

Siblings: Pippa and James Middleton walk out of the chapel with the small congregation, including their smiling mother Carole this afternoon

Breaking with tradition, the only royal godparent to be selected was Prince Williams’s cousin, Zara Phillips Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne.

Prince George's godmother Zara Tindall, seen here with rugby-playing husband Mike, was chic in navy at the royal christening today - behind her is William van Cutsem's wife, Rosie

Other godparents selected were The Honourable Mrs. Michael Samuel. Julia Samuel was a close friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Also shown in the image below is Hugh, Earl Grosvenor, he is the son and heir of the Duke of Westminster. At 21, he will be Prince George’s youngest Godparent.

Prince George's godparents Julia Samuel and Hugh Grosvenor are pictured arriving with The Hon. Mrs Samuel's husband, Michael, left

Emilia Jardine-Paterson is a very close friend and attended the private school Marlborough College with the Duchess. She has known Prince William since she was 19. She is also the interior designer rumored to be helping the Cambridges renovate their apartment at Kensington Palace, which includes decorating Prince George's nursery.


Godmother: Kate's old schoolfriend Emilia Jardine-Paterson and her husband David arriving at the Chapel Royal

William van Cutsem is a childhood friend of Prince William, and the only Catholic Godparent.


William Van Cutsem

Oliver Baker is a close friend of both the Duke and Duchess. They met at St Andrew's University.

Oliver Baker, pictured right with Prince William at Cheltenham races, went to St Andrew's University with the couple

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton is a former SAS Major and has been a private secretary to Princes William and Harry since 2005.


The beaming Duchess wore a cream-colored Alexander McQueen dress and matching Jane Taylor hat. Her earrings were Kiki McDonough citrine drops.

The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening at the Chapel Royal

Prince William was beaming in a customary dark suit and tie.

Kate looked relaxed before the service began and wore a cream Alexander McQueen outfit

The christening was followed by a tea at Clarence House hosted by Prince Charles and Camilla. Guests were served slices from the top tier of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2011 wedding cake.

Senior royals: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are followed from the chapel by the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall. They and Prince Harry were the only close members of William's family who attended

Elegant: New grandmother Camilla looked wonderful in a chic cream coat, pearl necklace and neat clutch bag

A truly festive occasion!

Quiet: Prince George appeared contented as he was held by his mother on only his second public appearance since he was carried from the Lindo Wing in July

The official family photographs were taken by Jason Bell and can be viewed on this post.

The Duchess of Decor


Marydon Ford said...

Beautifully presented to us, Laura. TY
They are one fabulous handsome couple & wee George is just beautiful.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Ahhhhh! Thank you for posting this. What a sweet little child.

Susan said...

Oh my GOSH, Laura. Those were fabulous photos. That little prince is dashing, isn't he? And his Mama looks like a movie star! Wow wow wow Loved the hats worn, too. Elegante!

Thanks so much for sharing these. Susan

Anita said...

What a wonderful post Laura!! Thanks for putting it all together in one place. It gives me hope to see how they are classy. And no bare legs!! He is such a doll and the duke and duchess are beaming:-)

martinealison said...


Une très jolie publication... Des photos merveilleuses... Longue vie à ce joli chérubin.

Gros bisous

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laura, you always do the greatest posts. Loved this one. Hugs, Marty

Jules said...

So beautiful!

Lorrie said...

I've been following this story in snippets today - so lovely to see all these photos and info in one place. Thank you, Laura.

On a side note, I grew up in the small northern town of Prince George, BC, so I have a hard time calling that sweet little baby my home town's name.

Rita C. said...

Thank you for the great details, Laura.
Kate, Pippa and her mother look stunning in their clothes! I especially love the tailoring & detail on her mother's (Carol) coat. I noticed William did not have a ring on - wonder if he just doesn't wear one, do you know?
Camilla even looked lovely, as did Queen Mum.
Beautiful setting and event - thanks for sharing.

Karena Albert said...

Laura your Royal Reports are always the best! I love to see the British in their Finery! The baby is adorable !

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Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Lorrie: it is rumored that Papa Charles calls his grandson "Georgie".

Rita: Neither Charles or William wear a wedding ring as they are expected to be devoted to country first. Queen Elizabeth was given an engagement ring by Prince Philip but I believe she wears it on the opposite hand. We'll never know as she is never without gloves in public. :)

Bonnie said...

That is the prettiest baby! I loved this post. Thank you for doing all the research and sharing with us. I love keeping up with the royals through you! You do it well.

Rita C. said...

You are so knowledgeable on the subject of English royalty, Laura - thank you for the response! Very interesting explanation, I might add.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

What an amazing event!! He is so precious!!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

What a little darling! Thanks, Laura, for keeping us posted on all things British!

Vicki said...

AS soon as I saw the news I just knew you'd be giving us the inside scoop in one of your fantastic Royal's posts. Thank you!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I always enjoy your royal posts! Thanks for all of your hard work for us!!

Marianne said...

The baby prince looks just like his daddy. What a cutie!

Sherri B. said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of these photos and the interesting information. xo

GSGreatEscaper said...

In the picture of Queen Victoria, Alexandra, Princess of Wales, later Queen Alexandra is not Victoria's daughter; she is her daughter in law, wife of Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

openid said...

Your posts on the Royals are the best on the web! I am sharing all of them with Emily Ann who has become a big fan.
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