Prince George will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 23 October, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
Kate Middleton and Prince William have chosen the Chapel Royal at St James’ Palace for the private ceremony, favouring the historic venue over Buckingham Palace’s Music Room (where Prince William, Prince Charles and the Queen were all baptised).
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to have preferred the ‘quite intimate chapel’, which is also known as the place where Princess Diana’s coffin lay for family and friends to pay their respects before her funeral in 1997.
The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry are all expected to attend baby George’s christening, alongside Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton.
Prince George’s godparents have yet to be confirmed, although it’s believed there will be six in keeping with royal tradition, with sister Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry the odds-on favourites.
It’s also thought that Prince George will wear a replica Honiton lace gown, originally designed for Queen Victoria and worn by her eldest daughter in 1841.
Although the ceremony will remain private, official portraits of the royal family will be released after the event, which will include the second ever official photo of Kate, Wills and their first born son.
The Royal Mint has also announced that three special coins will be made to mark the occassion, including a gold kilo coin, a silver £5 coin and a ‘more affordable’ £5 coin, all of which have been approved by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen and the Chancellor.
So much to get excited about and only a few weeks to wait! JB