From baby George’s godparents to the afternoon tea guests will enjoy, discover what happened at the royal christening
Kate and Wills’ little one was blessed in the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace yesterday afternoon. The celebration was very private and low key with the Queen (received by the Royal Salute) and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Harry, Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton, and her brother James and sister Pippa as guests.
George’s godparents and their partners were also there for the ceremony that started at 3pm. They were made up of university friend Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson who went to college with Kate, Earl Hugh Grosvenor who is the son of the Duke of Westminster, Jamie Lowther Pinkerton who served as the couple’s private secretary, Princess Diana's close friend Julia Samuel, William’s childhood friend William van Cutsem, and Wills' cousin Zara Tindall, who is currently expecting her first baby.
Little George wore a handmade replica of the royal christening robe made by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly. Kate was matching in a cream Alexander McQueen ensemble with a Jane Taylor hat.
Zara, due to have her baby in the New Year, wore a dress by Stewart Parvin and a navy coat that flattered her bump.
Prince George seemed to be unfazed by the attention, and reportedly stayed awake throughout the 35-minute service.
The couple held a tea at Clarence House after the christening, where guests were to enjoy christening cake – a tier taken from Kate and William’s own wedding cake from 2011. Fancy!
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, oversaw the service, and had a special message for the world's most famous baby boy.
‘As a nation we’re celebrating someone who in due course will be the head of state. That’s extraordinary,’ he says.
Earlier in the day, Kensington Palace revealed that two hymns, two anthems and two readings were to be included in the service. One of the hymns Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand (Richard Popplewell) was written for Wills' own baptism in 1982.
The official christening photos were expected to be taken at Clarence House by Jason Bell, a contemporary photographer Kate and Wills decided on, who has worked with the likes of Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Watch Kate Middleton and Prince George leaving the ceremony here:
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