Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was christened October 23rd, 2013. The 3-month-old royal baby was ritually welcomed in a historic chapel in London in a private ceremony for close family and friends. Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, his parents, watched as baby George was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, in a beautiful antique silver font in the chapel royal of St. James palace. A scarlet-and-gold choir that sang hymns accompanied the ceremony. Photographers were stationed outside the palaces to cover the arrivals and departures but did not have access to the chapel ceremony.
Surprisingly, the baby appeared to be happy and not crying before the ceremony began, as his royal relatives and seven godparents arrived at the chapel. Since it was a small ceremony the guest list was also reduced, just 22 people and five royals were invited: great-grandparents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, grandfather Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry. Also there were maternal grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton, Kate’s siblings Pippa and James Middleton, plus the closest relatives and oldest friends of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Definitely the royal couple had a low-key ceremony compared with their wedding extravaganza in 2011.
Several of the godparents’ names were a surprise. Will and Kate broke with tradition in choosing old friends as godparents for their first child, third-in-line to the throne, rather than foreign royals, as with William himself.
“My future king knows I’ve been here all night,” Julie Cain, 50, of New Castle, said. “It gives you a sense of pride.”
“This is a historic moment,” said John Loughrey, 58, of London, a self-proclaimed “Diana super fan.” “Princess Diana will be giving her special love today.”
Baptism is an important religious ritual in the Christian faith but it’s especially important to British royals: Since the monarch is the head of the Church of England, eventually Prince George will take on that role so it’s critical that he be raised as an Anglican.
Puente, M. (2013) Archbishop of Canterbury baptizes Britain’s future King, Prince George. USA Today http://www.religionnews.com/2013/10/23/archbishop-canterbury-baptizes-britains-future-king-prince-george/