Jul 29, 2013 10:14 AM EDT | Jonathan Lambert
Prince William and Princess Kate are busy making plans for the christening of their first child. Prince George Alexander Louis has a baptism date set for the fall. The royal baby will keep the press guessing the exact date until then...just like he did with his birth.
To gain some insight on what to expect from the ceremony, one may turn to the history of the royal procedure--which is a rite of passage for the young prince. Hollywood Life is reporting that:
“Prince George is expected to be christened in a small private ceremony behind closed doors sometime in September or October, once the Queen has returned from her annual summer holiday to Balmoral. Royal babies are traditionally christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace.”
The Examiner offered further insight into the ceremony:
“Prince George’s godparents, most likely Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry, will stand with the new parents at the font and promise to raise HRH, Prince George Alexander Louis to follow Christ. Prince George's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Supreme Governor, will look on.
The month-old prince will be serenaded with hymns by 16 choristers from the Chapel Royal. The future monarch of England will be dressed in the original lace and silk christening robe first worn in 1841 by Queen Victoria’s son, the future King Edward VII. At the reception following the third in line to the British throne’s baptism, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will serve the top tier from their April 2011 wedding cake.”
Luckily for the family, this is a private ceremony. The couple will release at least one photo of the young royal from the ceremony, however.
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