Prince George’s christening is set for Wednesday in the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace. The event will be the newborn prince’s second official appearance — the first being the day after his birth.
The young prince is third in line to the British throne and his christening will be the first time in over 100 years that four generations of royals will be photographed together.
Reuters reports that the spiritual leader of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, will officiate the private, 45-minutes ceremony.
In the past, the christening has taken place in Buckingham Palace, but Prince George’s parents aren’t stickler’s for tradition. Instead, Prince William and his wife Duchess Kate Middleton have broken a few traditions already.
While the christening will be held in private, tourists and well-wishers still flocked to the 16th century St. James’ Palace to pay their respects to the young prince, notes Yahoo! News.
Royal officials will allow one photographer and one TV crew inside the palace, unlike Prince George’s birth, when a media army camped outside St. Mary’s Hospital for weeks to get the best position. Because of the media, people all around the world watched live coverage as the duke and duchess left the hospital with their sleeping baby.
The lack of details surrounding Prince George’s christening has led to speculation among media. British media has wondered about the guest list and whether the prince will wear a replica of the gown used by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841. It has been worn by several royals since then.
Prince George’s godparents will also be announced at the christening on Wednesday, and bookmaker William Hill believes Prince William and Kate will choose friends to fill the honored roles, rather than keeping with the royal tradition of choosing family or other royals.
While the ceremony will be held behind closed doors, well-wishers outside St. James’ Palace will likely stay in place, hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince George.
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