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A Royal Affair: Prince George’s Christening

Jillian Morabito |
October 23, 2013 | 11:18 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

The royal family at today's affair (vi @USAToday)
The royal family at today's affair (vi @USAToday)
There was the royal engagement, royal wedding, royal baby, and now there is the royal christening of course!

The world’s favorite little prince, George, was baptized today by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. Justin Welby, with parents Prince William and Kate Middleton by his side. The ceremony took place at the Chapel Royal at St James' Palace. 

Guests that graced the 45-minute service included Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole, were also in attendance. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose “Be Thou My Vision” and “Breathe of Me, Breath of God” as the hymns for the ceremony. “Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” were the anthems selected. 

A fun fact about “Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand” is that it was written for Prince William for his baptism, which took place 31 years ago.

George was baptized in the Lily Font with water from the River Jordan. The font was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 and has been used in every royal christening since.

Without a doubt, everyone was focused on the royal fashion choices. The duchess wore an Alexander McQueen cream dress with ruffles, matching her son. George’s christening gown was not the 168 year-old one that his father and many more royals before him. Instead, it was a replica of a different royal christening gown made just for the baby prince. Prince William’s navy suit complemented his family’s ivory color scheme. 

Baby George could not become a member of the Church of England without godparents of course!

One would assume the choices would be Pipa Middleton and Prince Harry, correct? Nope. Instead, the Duke and Duchess chose seven others. Unfortunately, their own siblings didn’t make the cut. 

Instead, the seven godparents include Oliver Baker (the couple’s former classmate), Emilia Jardine-Paterson (Kate’s friend), Earl "Hugh" Grosvenor (William’s own godfather), Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton (the couple’s former private secretary), Julia Samuel (close friend of Princess Diana), Zara Tindall (William’s cousin), William van Cutsem (childhood friend of William). 

Possible reasons for the snub of the siblings may be that Kate was worried Pippa would’ve upstaged her at yet another major event, Prince Harry may be too much of a party boy to be a Christian role model for their young son, there could be a rift in the family, etc. We’ve all seen the Tudors. Royals are crazy.

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