Prince George to be christened on Oct. 23
by FFE Entertainment News staff
Prince William the Duke of Cambridge once again showed how much he values his family above tradition. On October 23, baby George will be christened in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby.
This is a break in a recent tradition where the Queen, the Prince of Wales, and the Duke himself were all christened in Buckingham Palace. The Chapel Royal is also significant to the Duke, as it was where the body of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid for a week after she died.
The Duke and his brother Prince Harry paid their respects in private at the time, before the Princess was moved to Westminster Abbey for her public funeral.
Royal aides revealed that the choice was very personal for the Duke and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess also considered other royal chapels, including St. George's Chapel, Windsor, where Prince Harry was christened.
A source said “They just liked it. It's a very intimate venue and has a nice atmosphere. They are familiar with the other chapels, but this was the one that most appealed to them.”
Penny Junor, the Duke’s biographer, said that the choice might be a way for the Duke to include his mother in the ceremony.
St James Palace in London. Photo source: Joseph Crisalli
“Throughout his marriage Diana has very much been in the picture. He gave the Duchess his mother’s engagement ring, they got married in the place where her funeral was held, and now this.
“There is a recurrent theme of making sure Diana is very much in his thoughts and in his heart, and I think this is a little way of including her.”
The Archbishop meanwhile said that he was delighted to carry out the baptism.
“It is a great privilege and honour and will without doubt be an occasion of immense joy and celebration. I am looking forward to welcoming him into the family of the church.”
The occasion will also likely mark the first time the Queen will be photographed alongside three direct successors – the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George, who will be three months old.
The list of godparents will be released by the Duke and Duchess as the christening draws near. The chapel expects a surge in the size of its congregation on its next service on October 6.