Posted: 7:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
By Leslie Pandey
Kate Middleton stepped out for her first solo engagement last week (even playing volleyball in wedge heels!), and now it’s time for Prince George to have his first big royal event! On Wednesday, October 23, the 3-month-old royal baby will be christened in a private ceremony at London’s St. James’s Palace.
While the royal christening is steeped in tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge seem to be ensuring that the ceremony has personal touches. As reported earlier, the site of the christening itself is a break from royal tradition. British royals have typically been christened at Buckingham Palace, however The Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace holds special meaning for Prince William. In 1997, it was here that the body of Princess Diana, Prince William’s late mother, laid at rest prior to her funeral.
A source for Us Magazine says it’s William’s way of honoring his mother during this important time for his family. "It's a special place for William," says the source. "Having the service there is his way of involving his mother, who he so wishes could be here for all of this."
Prince George is expected to be christened in a satin and lace gownmade for Queen Victoria. The queen’s eldest daughter, also named Victoria, was the first child to wear the christening gown in 1841, and a long line of British royal babies have donned the gown since. And yes, we’re trying not to think about the years of spit-up that must be caked to this gown.
The 45-minute ceremony, which will be presided over by Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, is expected to be viewed by about 50 guests. Don’t feel bad if your invite got lost in the mail -- according to Us, this guest list is limited to close family and friends, plus a few of those who were instrumental in helping to bring Georgie into the world. That means that not only will Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and the Middleton family all be in attendance, but also Kate’s midwives are said to have received invites. Pretty sweet!
Us reports that a reception hosted by Prince Charles and wife Camilla at Clarence House will follow the ceremony. Guests will reportedly sip champagne and join the Duke and Duchess for a piece of the top tier of their wedding cake, as is tradition. Let’s hope the palace has a good freezer -- that cake is over two years old!
While we hope to get a peek of the adorable prince and the fam during the festivities on Wednesday, we’ll have to wait until Thursday, October 24 to see the official christening portrait, when it will be revealed to the public.
Source: Us Magazine