On the afternoon of October 23, 2013, His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge was christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London.
The prince was by christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby with support from The Dean of The Chapel, Royal The Right Reverend and Right Honorable Richard Chartres, and The Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal, The Reverend Prebendary William Scott.
Guests attending this afternoon’s intimate christening included Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Middleton, Miss Philippa (Pippa) Middleton, Mr. James Middleton.
Prince George of Cambridge’s godparents are Mr. Oliver Baker, Mrs. Michael Tindall, Mr. William van Cutsem, Earl Grosvenor, Mr. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, The Hon Mrs. Michael Samuel, and Mrs David Jardine-Paterson.
According to Kensington Palace Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided upon:
“…two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening of their son, Prince George. The Hymns are 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. The anthems are Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand (Richard Popplewell) and The Lord Bless You and Keep You (John Rutter). Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand was written for Prince William’s baptism on 4th August 1982.
The anthems will be performed by The Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal.
The Processional Organ Music will be J. S. Bach’s Fantasia in G (BWV 572). The Recessional Organ Music will be C. M. Widor’s Toccata from Symphony No 5.”
After the christening Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a lovely private reception at Clarence House.
The official photos of the christening, taken by Mr. Jason Bell, will be released on October 24, 2013.