He was on his best behaviour. With the eyes of the world on him, His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis put on a perfect display of royal etiquette
In an historic ceremony which brought together four generations of the Royal Family, the three-month-old future king was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace yesterday.
Dressed in a handmade replica of Queen Victoria’s daughter’s christening robe, George bore a striking resemblance to his father at a similar age.
According to aides, there wasn’t ‘even a peep’ out of the three-month-old future king as he was baptised
by the Archbishop of Canterbury, at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace.
‘He went in smiling, came out smiling and, as far as we are aware, smiled throughout,’ said one. William, however, could not resist confiding: ‘It’s the first time he’s been quiet all day.’
The Archbishop of Canterbury told the congregation that George’s parents and godparents had a ‘simple task’ – to ‘make sure he knows who this Jesus is’.
The simplicity of the half-hour ceremony contrasted with the historic grandeur of the surroundings.
1. The public got the chance to see three-month-old Prince George as he was taken into St James Palace for his christening yesterday.
2. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cream Alexander McQueen jacket with a fluted
lapel over a matching dress.
3. The proud parents are walked from the chapel
by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury who had just baptised George.
4. Prince George appeared contented as he was held by his mother on only his second public appearance since he was carried from the Lindo Wing in July.
5. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked their siblings to do the readings during the 45-minute ceremony, with Harry reading John (15: 1-5), which begins 'I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener'.
6. the Queen wore a sky blue cashmere
coat with mother of pearl buttons over a paisley
dress, with a cashmere hat made by her dresser, Angela Kelly.
7. The St James's Palace detachment of The Queen's Guard turns out in St James Palace, for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II, ahead of the christening.
8. After standing in wet, windy conditions crowds gathered in the Autumn sunshine at St James Palace to see the future king.
9. Police stand guard having set up barriers along the usually quiet stretch of Pall Mall in central London.
10. Royal Fans, many of whom have slept outside overnight, have returned to London three months after Prince George's birth so they can celebrate his christening.