Live Blog Prince George's Royal Christening: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Pippa Middleton & More Arrive

23 October 2013 by

The 22 guests have now arrived at the service at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace for the baptism of little Prince George. The royal baby wore a long lace christening gown and was carried into the chapel in Prince William's arms. So what is Kate Middleton wearing for the big day? What colour did the Queen go for? Well lucky for you lot we have all the details riiiight here so look through the gallery above and read below for all the latest happenings from the royal christening...

Kate Middleton wears an Alexander McQueen dress and matching Jane Taylor hat

Kate is wearing a cream pillbox hat by Jane Taylor and matching dress featuring elegant ruffles by Alexander McQueen. The milliner Taylor confirmed the Duchess of Cambridge's choice of headwear with a tweet, "Yes it is one of my hats!" It is rather interesting that as guests will tuck into a layer of the couple's wedding cake at the christening afternoon tea party, Kate chose to wear a dress by the British designer who also created her wedding gown.


The Queen is wearing a sky blue cashmere coat by Stewart Parvin, with a matching baby blue hat. Carole Middleton wore a navy coat, which is reported to be by designer Catherine Walker, with a wide-brimmed grey hat.

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Suzannah Crabb on dressing Pippa Middleton for Prince George's christening

We now know that the Duchess of Cambridge's little sister is wearing an ensemble courtesy of London boutique Suzannah. The look consists of a cream wool trapeze coat with a blush pink trim and oyster silk lining, worn over the blush lace ‘Paris’ dress, both styled by Suzannah Crabb herself. As for Pippa’s headgear, she's opted for a pill box hat created by British milliner Edwina Ibbotson - it comes in a blush and oyster tone and features a beaded corsage - topped off with Emmy shoes. The entire look is available at Suzannah's London boutique so get thee there!

Ms Middleton hand-picked Suzannah to design, make and style the outfit. 'We aimed for understated beauty, drawing inspiration from a 1960s coat dress that I bought in LA, among other vintage looks and archive pieces,' says Suzannah. 'Creating a couture dress and frock coat not only for the occasion of the royal christening, but for Pippa Middleton, who is so naturally elegant and stylish is a commission that every designer dreams of. It’s so exciting that British fashion has such a champion.'

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Royal Christening service details

Our invite to the service today might be, err, lost in the post. But the following details have been released about the intimate service, which was designed by the young royals...

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen two hymns, two lessons and two anthems. The Hymns were Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision sang by a choir and the anthems (performed by The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal) were Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand and The Lord Bless You and Keep You/ The lessons were from St. Luke ch. 18, verses 15-17, which was read by Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, and St. John ch. 15, verses 1-5, which was read by Prince Harry.

Keeping things in the family, Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand was written for Prince William’s baptism on 4th August 1982. The Processional Organ Music was J. S. Bach’s Fantasia in G (BWV 572) and the Recessional Organ Music will be C. M. Widor’s Toccata from Symphony No 5.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive at St James Palace

The godparents, official photographs and other details

The baptism is an intimate affair, as sadly the service is not going to be live broadcast to the nation, but the palace will release official photographs following the service tomorrow. These christening snaps will be the first time four generations of royals will be photographed together in over 100 years. These will be taken by Mr Jason Bell, who is a well-established portrait photographer whose work has appeared in many of the world’s most famous publications, including Vanity Fair and US Vogue.

This morning we received an email from Clarence House to announce the godparents - it looks like the wee nipper won't be short of a birthday present or seven. Kate and William handpicked a dream team comprised of old school and university friends, the Prince's cousin Zara Tindall and former Private Secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.

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Want to see how this will compare to other royal christenings? We have compiled a royal baptism fact file, including deets such as Princess Eugenie was the first senior royal to be baptised during a public church service in 1990 and the tallest christening cake on record was 4 foot tall at the baptism of King Eward VII back in 1842.

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