Prince George christening, with Prince William & Kate: 3 facts, video
Prince George, an heir to the British throne and first and only son of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge (formerly Kate Middleton), was christened in London on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in a small ceremony attended by less than two dozen guests, including his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
This marks the second public appearance of the three-month-old baby since his birth in July. He was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace with water from the River Jordan at the rare four-generation gathering of the Royal Family.
(Check out PHOTOS from Prince George's christening.)
Check out 3 more facts about Prince George and his christening, provided by the Royal Family's spokespeople.
1. The guest list:
Only 22 people attended the christening. The guest list included nine family members, including Kate's sister Pippa Middleton and five senior members of the royal family -- the queen, her husband Prince Philip, their son and William's father Prince George, his wife Camilla and William's younger brother, Prince Harry, as well as six of the baby's godparents, along with their spouses.
2. Seven people were made godparents to Prince George.
- Oliver Baker, an old college friend of William and Kate. They attended the University of St. Andrews
- David Jardine-Paterson, who attended Marlborough College with Kate
- Earl Grosvenor (Hugh), the son of The Duke of Westminster
- Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who served as William and Kate's private secretary from 2005 to 2012 and continues to work part-time as the principal private secretary and equerry
- Julia Samuel, a close friend of William's late mother, Princess Diana. She also works with William at the Child Bereavement UK charity.
- Zara Tindall, also known as Zara Phillips, William's cousin and daughter of Princess Anne.
- William van Cutsem, a childhood friend of William
3. The fashion
- Prince George
The baby was dressed in a cream-colored, handmade replica of the family's Royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the queen.
The original garment was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, and was made of fine Honiton lace and lined with white satin. The gown was worn for all Royal christenings, including the Queen, her children and most of her grandchildren.
- Kate, Duchess of Cambridge
The duchess wore a cream-colored Alexander McQueen ruffled jacket and skirt and ivory and nude Jane Taylor beret decorated with a silk organza rose and birdcage veil trim, according to Vanity Fair.
- Queen Elizabeth II
The queen wore a sky blue cashmere coat with Mother of Pearl buttons by Stewart Parvin over a moss green and dove gray paisley-printed silk dress by the same designer and an Angela Kelly cashmere hat, decorated by Stella McLaren, with handmade feather flowers.
She also sported a floral brooch, made out of rubies, diamonds and sapphires, given to her by her late parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, to mark the birth of Prince Charles, William's father, in 1948.
Check out video from Prince George's christening, courtesy of UK network ITN.