Serenaded by the Queen’s choir and surrounded by his closest relatives, His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis was baptized on Oct. 23, at The Chapel Royal at St. James Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went all out to make the occasion truly special for their son!
Prince George celebrated his christening with his parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, on Oct. 23. From the personalized music selections to the special moments of the religious ceremony, we’ve got all the details about the royal christening!
Prince George’s Christening — Royal Baby Baptized In Beautiful Ceremony
Three-month-old Prince George was christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. The Archbishop baptized him with water from the River Jordan by anointing him with the shape of the cross on his forehead. The water was held in the historical Lily Font.
“The Lily Font is a silver baptismal font which was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 for the birth of their first child, Victoria, Princess Royal. It was first used at The Princess Royal’s Christening in 1841 and has been used at every Royal christening since then,” according to an official press release from Kensington Palace.
George’s christening gown was the “hand made replica of the Royal Christening Robe, made by Angela Kelly, Dressmaker to The Queen.” The Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning in an ivory peplum top and skirt made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the same designer that made her wedding dress. She matched her outfit by topping off her outfit with a Jane Taylor fascinator.
Prince George Christening Music
The Hymns performed at the ceremony were Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision.
“The lessons are from St. Luke ch. 18, verses 15-17, read by Miss Pippa Middleton and St. John ch. 15, verses 1-5, read by Prince Harry,” according to an official press release from Kensington Palace.
The anthems performed by The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal included Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand — which was written for Prince William’s own christening on Aug. 4. 1982 — and The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
Prince George Baptism Details
The Archbishop knew how sacred the ceremony really was, especially for a high-profile figure like Prince George. He said in a video released right before the ceremony:
As a nation we are celebrating the birth of someone who will in due course be the head of State. That’s extraordinary. … All through Christian history, for 2,000 years, being baptized meant to join the family of the church and that’s what it means today.
Prince George will be the head of State of numerous countries around the world, he will visit more countries than most of us will ever do, and in all of them there will be those who, like him, have been baptized. I will mark Prince George with the sign of the cross on his forehead and that’s exactly what every priest does at every single baptism. That is the sign by which we understand that this person belongs to God.
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Do you think George’s christening sounds beautiful?
— Kristine Hope Kowalski