|From Here to Eternity|
|Soldiers in the barracks|
|Kiss on the Beach|
|Rehearsal for the Kiss Scene|
|Sergeant Warden and Karen|
|Warden, Karen, Lorene, Prewitt|
|Ryan Sampson Curtain Call|
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|Charles, Prince William, and Diana|
|Official portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a happy Prince George|
Kate wore Alexander McQueen to Baby George’s christening, but the Prince one-upped his fashionista mother with a hand-made Honiton lace dress fashioned after the christening gown worn by every royal baby since 1841.
|Prince William's Christening|
Front Row: Queen Elizabeth II, Diana holding William, the Queen Mother
Back Row: Charles and Prince Phillip
|Front Row Queen, Kate and William|
Back Row Prince Phillip, Charles, Camilla, Harry, Pippa, James, Carole and Michael Middleton
ROYAL ORDER OF SERVICE: THE BAPTISM OF PRINCE GEORGE
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked their siblings to do readings at Prince George's christening service.
Harry read a passage from the gospel of St John (15: 1-5), which begins 'I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener', while Pippa read the famous 'Suffer little children that they come unto me' passage from the gospel of St Luke (18:15-17).
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, baptised Prince George, supported by the Dean of The Chapel Royal, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, and the Sub-Dean of the Chapel Royal, the Rev Prebendary William Scott.
The two hymns sung at the service were Breathe On Me, Breath Of God, and Be Thou My Vision.
Blessed Jesu! Here We Stand was written for Prince William's baptism on 4 August 1982, and the anthems were performed by the Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal.
The processional altar music was Bach's Fantasia in G (BWV 572), while the recessional altar music was Widor's Toccata from Symphony No.5.
‘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 in the Holbein-painted chapel 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.
|St. James's Palace|
Adding some gravitas is the note that it was in the Chapel Royal that Diana’s body lay before her funeral in Westminster Abbey in 1997. Kate also chose the chapel to be confirmed into the Church of England before her marriage to Prince William in April 2011.
|Crowds around St. James Palace|
|Silver Lily Baptismal Font in Chapel Royal of St. James Palace|
|Godmother to George Zara Phillips with husband Mike Tindall|
Indeed, there were just 23 guests present, giving the christening a feel of a family gathering rather than the moment a future Supreme Governor was presented to his Church.
Earlier, Kensington Palace unveiled the long awaited list of godparents. Among the seven, there was no royalty, just a smattering of close friends, relatives and advisers.
They are Oliver Baker, Kate and William’s flatmate at St Andrew’s, interior decorator Emilia Jardine-Paterson, William’s cousin Zara Tindall and his childhood friend William van Cutsem, one of William’s most trusted confidantes.
At just 22, Hugh, Earl Grosvenor, was the youngest. He is the son of one of the country’s richest men, the Duke of Westminster, whose wife, Natalia, is one of William’s godmothers.
|Family friends: Prince George's godparents Julia Samuel, a close friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Duke of Westminster's son Hugh Grosvenor, right, are pictured arriving with the Hon. Mrs Samuel's husband, Michael, left|
|Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip with Charles and Camilla in the background|
The guests filed in, including Carole and Pippa Middleton, Kate’s heavily bearded brother James and William and Kate followed with baby George Alexander Louis.
The Queen was the last to walk in, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh. She wore a diamond, ruby and sapphire floral brooch that her own parents had given her on the birth of Prince Charles in 1948.
The prince bounced his baby son up and down as Kate, radiant in a cream Alexander McQueen ruffled outfit with a jaunty Jane Taylor hat, beamed proudly.
|Kate holding George|
The elaborate cream gown is a handmade replica of one worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, at her christening in 1841, and then passed down as an heirloom. The original, made of the same fabric as the wedding dress Queen Victoria wore for her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840, went on to be worn by generations of royal babies – 62 in all, including Victoria’s eight other children.
Every British monarch since Edward VII wore it, including the Queen when she was christened in 1926. So did all four of her children, all her grandchildren and other royal babies.
Created by Janet Sutherland, a Falkirk coal miner’s daughter, it was delicately crafted from Spitalfields silk, given a satin weave to make it glossy, and trimmed with lace from Honiton, East Devon.
The gown was hand-washed in spring water and carefully stored in a cool, dark place to keep it pristine. But in 2004, after the christening of Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the cherished antique was deemed too fragile to be used again and went into retirement, preserved at Buckingham Palace.
So loved was it, however, the Queen commissioned an exact replica from her dresser Angela Kelly – with the same cap sleeves, neck bow, ruffled overlay, high waist, long skirt and wide sash. It was first worn by Edward and Sophie’s son James at his christening in 2008.
As they walked out it was Kate’s turn to hold baby George, who appeared to be slightly dozing under the watchful eye of their part-time nanny, Jessie Webb. Afterwards there was just enough time for tea and a slice of christening cake (in line with tradition, a tier of the couple’s wedding cake from 2011) at neighbouring Clarence House before the Queen had to get back to business at Buckingham Palace.
On the 24th an historic set of photographs taken at that tea will be released to the public.
The photographs will, for the first time in more than a century, show a monarch and three living heirs: Prince Charles, 64, Prince William, 31 and George. (See earlier photo) The last occasion such a picture was taken was in 1894 when Queen Victoria was photographed with her son Edward VII, grandson George V and great grandson Edward VIII. (See photo below).
|Christening of Prince Edward Albert|