Prince George christened at Chapel Royal

Prince George was carried into the Chapel Royal by his father, the Duke of Cambridge

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The christening of Prince George has taken place in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace in London.

The prince, third in line to the throne, was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The christening was private, with only senior royals, four members of the Middleton family, the seven godparents and their spouses among the 22 guests.

Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was born in London on 22 July.

Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George The Duchess of Cambridge carried her son out of the chapel after the christening
Prince George The prince was baptised in a replica of a gown worn by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter
Queen and Prince Philip leaving after Prince George's christening The Queen and Prince Philip attended the ceremony
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby with Bishop of London Richard Chartres Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby conducted the ceremony
Mike and Zara Tindall Zara Tindall, who was accompanied by her husband, former England rugby player Mike Tindall, is one of Prince George's godparents

The duchess carried her newly christened son out of the chapel after the ceremony, and the guests then left for tea hosted by the Prince of Wales at Clarence House.

Attending a reception at Buckingham Palace after the event, the Queen told guests how much she had enjoyed the ceremony.

"It was very nice though, wasn't it?" she told the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, at the event for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

Godparents revealed

For three royals who represent the future of the British monarchy - and who will increasingly live much of their lives on a very public stage - this was a private and intimate affair.

Before it began, there was an opportunity to see Prince George for only the second time in his brief life.

He looked understandably plumper and peaceful. Prince William appeared relieved that his son, who in his words, has "a voice to match any lion's roar" was in a docile mood.

There were just 22 guests gathered inside the Chapel Royal including the godparents.

The choice of two of them is particularly striking.

Julia Samuel was a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales. And William's former aide Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton has played a pivotal role as the future king has developed as a senior royal.

The godparents, announced earlier, are Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall.

Mrs Tindall, wife of former England rugby player Mike Tindall, is Prince William's cousin, while the other six godparents are all friends of the royal couple.

Prince George was baptised in a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841.

The duke and duchess chose two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening.

The hymns were Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision.

Lessons from St Luke and St John were read by Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry, and the anthems were Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand and the Lord Bless You and Keep You.

The anthems were sung by the Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal, which performed at the royal couple's wedding.

The ceremony took about 45 minutes.

Individual pictures of William van Cutsem, Julia Samuel, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Zara Tindall, Earl Grosvenor and Oliver Baker Prince George's godparents: (top row, from left) William van Cutsem, Julia Samuel, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, (bottom row) Zara Tindall, Earl Grosvenor and Oliver Baker

After the ceremony, celebrity photographer Jason Bell was expected to take a picture of the Queen and princes Charles, William and George together.

This will echo a 1894 picture from the christening of the future Edward VIII, showing him with his father, grandfather and great-grandmother - George V, Edward VII and Queen Victoria.

The picture is expected to be released on Thursday.

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