Royal Baby Christened!

Photo By John Stillwell, AP

Photo By John Stillwell, AP

Prince George, the 3-month-old royal baby was christened today, ritually welcomed into the Church of England as Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.  The christening took place in a private ceremony for close family and friends in the historic chapel of a London royal palace.

His parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, grandparents, great-grandparents and seven godparents looked on as the baby was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

The guest list for the ceremony was short, just 22 people and only five royals: 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.

A giant christening card, signed by 5,000 Christians, for Prince George outside the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace in London ahead of the royal baby's christening.  (Photo by Sang Tan, AP)

A giant christening card, signed by 5,000 Christians, for Prince George outside the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace in London ahead of the royal baby’s christening. (Photo by Sang Tan, AP)

After the ceremony, Prince Charles hosted a tea party at his London residence, Clarence House, where the guests were served the traditional slices of christening cake, a tier taken from Will and Kate’s wedding cake, an eight-tier fruit-infused confection designed by celebrated pastry maker Fiona Cairns.

 

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