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Proud parents Will and Kate show off royal baby Prince George on his christening day

Published 23/10/2013 | 15:08

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Britain's Prince William carries his son Prince George as they arrive for his son's christening at St James's Palace in London October 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Stillwell/pool  (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Britain's Prince William carries Prince George as they arrive for the christening. REUTERS/John Stillwell/pool
Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth holds Prince Charles  after his christening in 1948
Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth holds Prince Charles after his christening in 1948

Proud parents William and Kate held Prince George outside the chapel before they entered for the ceremony.

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Prince George's christening has been organised down to the very last detail, evident already by his cream gown matching that of his mother Kate.

Crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of the three-month-old royal baby as the small congregation entered the church.

Not even the threat of an odd rain shower could wipe the smiles from a grinning Kate and Will as they waved from the car.

Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress suit, the same designer she wore on her wedding day in April 2011.

Her hair was styled in a partial up-do for a refreshing change.

William skipped the colour-coordinated outfits and instead opted for a white shirt and blue tie.

Royal Fan Terry Hutt shows off his signs outside the gates of  St James's Palace in London as he waits for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Royal Fan Terry Hutt shows off his signs outside the gates of St James's Palace in London as he waits for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
File photo dated 26/03/13 of Major Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton being made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Lowther-Pinkerton has been named by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as one of the godparents of their son Prince George. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
File photo dated 26/03/13 of Major Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton being made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Lowther-Pinkerton has been named by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as one of the godparents of their son Prince George. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/03/09 of the Duke of Cambridge with Julia Samuel at a reception of The Child Bereavement Charity, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named Julia Samuel and six close friends as the godparents of their son George. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: David Bebber/The Times/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/03/09 of the Duke of Cambridge with Julia Samuel at a reception of The Child Bereavement Charity, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named Julia Samuel and six close friends as the godparents of their son George. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: David Bebber/The Times/PA Wire

The baby prince is being christened today in an intimate 45-minute ceremony in the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace.

Only five members of Britain's royal family have been invited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to today's "intimate" christening of Prince George.

Prince Andrew and Prince Edward are among those who have been left off the guest list so Prince William and Kate could invite close friends.

William's cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Zara and Peter Phillips will also miss out.

The couple's choice of the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace as the venue for the ceremony meant the guest list had to be kept down to fewer than 50, meaning there would not have been room for close friends if the couple's various aunts, uncles and cousins attended.

The only members of the royal family who will be there, apart from baby George and his parents, are the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

Zara Phillips, the Duke of Cambridge's cousin, is the only member of the royal family named as a godparent to Prince George.

She is one of seven godparents chosen by the Duke and Duchess, joining old friends from their school and university days, as well as members of the aristocracy, on the list.

However many have surprised at the omission of  Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton.

A close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales has also been chosen as a godparent for today's service at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, where the Princess lay at rest before her funeral in 1997.

Among the more predictable names on the list are Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the Duke and Duchess's principal private secretary, who has worked for the Duke since 2005, and William van Cutsem, one of the Duke's oldest friends.

The other names on the list, however, were not widely predicted. They are Oliver Baker, a friend of the Duke and Duchess who was at St Andrews University with them, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, who was at Marlborough College with the Duchess, Earl Grosvenor, the son of the Duke of Westminster, and The Hon Julia Samuel, who was a close friend of the Princess of Wales.

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