22 October 2013 by

Everything You Need To Know About Prince George's Royal Christening

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GALLERY >> Royal Christenings

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The christening of princess Anne by the Archbishop of York, Dr Cyril Garbett - 21 Oct 1950

The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Duke of York and Prince William, were christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, was christened in the private chapel at Buckingham Palace on May 29 1926.

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Prince Charles after his christening - 14 December 1948

The future Queen Mary received the most names in royal baby history, as she was given eight names at her 1867 christening.

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Princess Eugenie's christening at Sandringham Church - 23 December 1990

Princess Eugenie was the first senior royal to be baptised during a public church service in 1990 at the church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate, with 120 locals attending. It was also broadcast via speakers outside of the church.

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Prince Charles after his christening - 14 December 1948

The tallest christening cake on record was 4 foot tall at the baptism of King Eward VII back in 1842.

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Princess Eugenie's christening at Sandringham Church - 23 December 1990

St James' Palace is the most popular location for royal christenings, as 18 have been held there.

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Prince Harry christened at St George's Chapel, Windsor by Archbishop of Canterbury - 21 December 1984

Princess Beatrice was the last royal baby to be christened at St James's Palace in December 1988.

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Prince William's christening in the music room at Buckingham Palace - 4 August 1982

Prince William was crying at his christening, so in many of the pictures you will notice him sucking Diana's finger. The Queen is said to have commented:  'Yes, a good speechmaker.' Diana later said about the baptism: 'No one consulted me as to whether 11am would fit in with William's schedule. I was totally excluded, totally exhausted and the photos went on and on. I blubbed my eyes out.'

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Prince William's christening in the music room at Buckingham Palace - 4 August 1982

The lastroyal to wear the original Honiton cotton lace gown was the Earl and Countess of Wessex's daughter Lady Louise. Now it is stored at the Museum of London and a replica, made by Angela Kelly, is used. Edward and Sophie's son James Viscount Severn was the first royal tot to wear this replica.

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Princess Beatrice christening at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace - 20 December 1988

The Honiton lace dress has been worn by 60 royal babies, including the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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The christening of Prince Edward Albert of York - 1 January 1894

Princess Victoria, the eldest child of Queen Victoria, was the first royal baby to be christened in the Lily Font.

Get ready to n'aww as tomorrow afternoon Prince George is putting on his best lace for his christening at Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. Unfortunately this is a private ceremony, so won't be broadcast in Hyde Park or on the telly, but that doesn't mean we can't join in the fun, riiiight? To prepare you for tomorrow's festivities, we have rounded up everything you need to know about the baptism and past royal christenings.

When is the christening?

The christening will kick off at 3pm on Wednesday 23 October, and will last for 45 minutes. So make sure you are right here tomorrow afternoon to find out all the action - we're on the look out for Kate and her L.K. Bennett pumps.

Where is the christening?

The baptism will take place at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, instead of Buckingham Palace. St James' Palace has hosted 18 other royal christenings and Princess Beatrice was the last royal to be christened here. It will be an intimate service as the chapel seats about 40 people.

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Who are the godparents?

The Sunday Times reports that three of George's godparents have been announced - Kate's friend Emilia D'Erlanger, university flatmate Fergus Boyd and Hugh van Cutsem. The other three will be revealed tomorrow. Prince William also has six godparents, including former King Constantine II of Greece, and the Duchess of Westminster, Lady Susan Hussey.

What will Prince George wear?

George is going to wear a replica of the Honiton lace gown, first created for for the Christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, in 1841. The replica was made by the Queen's couturier Angela Kelly.

How will we see the royal christening?

It has been announced that Jason Bell will be the official photographer at the baptism, and he will also take photographs at Clarence House following the service in the Chapel Royal. These will be released on Thursday 24th October. So who is Jason Bell? Let us introduce you here. The christening will also be the first time that four generations of royals will be photographed together in over 100 years. 

Take a look through the gallery above to see past royal baptisms and check out our royal baby baptism facts...

 


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