Rare footage of Prince Charles is making waves across the Internet. The footage, filmed in 1948, shows a baby Prince Charles resting as his family poses for cameras.
People reports that Prince Charles, now 67, was the limelight of the christening video, recently released online by Movietone. At only 4 weeks old, infant Charles is seen sleeping peacefully while being held by his 22-year-old mother, Princess Elizabeth, who had yet to become Queen.
In the monumental clip, Prince Charles, wearing a Honiton christening robe, is referred to as Prince Charles of Edinburgh. Although the christening was a private event, the family allowed photographers and reporters into the Buckingham Palace afterwards for pictures and video footage.
Attendees included Prince Charles’ grandfather, King George VI, his great-grandmother Queen Mary, his father Prince Philip, and around 50 other people.
In 1982, Prince Charles’ oldest son, William, was christened in a private ceremony just like his father, followed by a public appearance in the Buckingham Palace. However, while Prince Charles remained peaceful during his 1948 video, infant William, wearing a lace christening robe, was upset and fussy.
Earlier this month, Princess Charlotte, the only daughter of William and Kate, was given a similar ceremony at the Buckingham Palace. Just like Prince Charles’ christening, the ceremony was private, but reporters and photographers were welcomed afterwards.
Meanwhile, Prince George, the first-born son of William and Kate, recently celebrated his second birthday. The Grenadier Guards band, standing outside of the Buckingham Palace, played “Happy Birthday” to the young prince today, but he was already over 100 miles away from them, celebrating his birthday at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate.
Luckily, the song was captured on video for Prince George to enjoy at a later date.
Prior to traveling to his great grandmother’s home for a birthday celebration, Prince George smiled brightly in a photograph taken by photographer Mario Testino, just one day before his birthday. A Kensington Palace spokesperson indicated that the family is proud of Prince George and happy to share memories of his second birthday.
“This photograph captures a very happy moment on what was a special day for The Duke and Duchess and their family. They are very pleased to share this picture as they celebrate Prince George’s second birthday.”
Testino was also chosen to photograph Princess Charlotte during her christening, as well as Princess Diana’s photos that appeared in a 1997 issue of Vanity Fair. He recently took to Twitter to express his gratitude.
“I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to take these portraits on the occasion of Princess Charlotte’s christening, to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much.”
For additional details on Prince Charles and the Royal Family, be certain to check out their Twitter page for updates.
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