Sunday 21 December 2014

Prince George to have "intimate" christening ceremony

The Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex have been left off the guest list for the christening of Prince George this month after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they wanted an "intimate" ceremony.

Gordon Rayner

Published 10/10/2013 | 17:58

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George
The royal family's official portrait with the heir to the throne
Prince William and Kate Middleton have reverted back to 'normal' life

The third in line to the throne will be baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury on October 23, but it now seems that only a handful of the couple's closest family and friends will witness the occasion at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace.

The Duke and Duchess have already shown a determination to set their own rules, rather than being bound by royal tradition, such as their choice of the Chapel Royal instead of Buckingham Palace, where the Duke and his father were christened.

But the mission of some of the most senior members of the Royal family from the guest list is likely to have come as a surprise to those who will not be there.

The Princess Royal will instead fly to Canada for a series of engagements in and around Toronto, while the Countess of Wessex will spend the day carrying out official duties in Somerset, Devon and Bristol.

It is unclear whether Prince William's uncles the Earl of Wessex and the Duke of York, or their children, who are William's cousins, will be at the christening, but royal sources suggested they may not, adding that "there have been other occasions in the past where a royal baby's great aunts and uncles have not attended the christening".

Asked why the Princess Royal and the Countess of Wessex had not been invited, a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would only say: "We are not giving details of the guest list at this stage. All we are saying is that it will be a small intimate affair with close family and others, which include godparents."

Britain's Prince William holds his baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital before leaving with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Britain's Prince William holds his baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital before leaving with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Britain's Prince William, centre right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge, Tuesday July 23, 2013
Britain's Prince William holds his baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital before leaving with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds her baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital before leaving with Prince William, in central London July 23, 2013
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London July 23, 2013
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London July 23, 2013
The safe hands of the Duke of Cambridge, as the royal couple and their son who was born yesterday, leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in west London.
Prince William and Kate Middleton depart The Lindo Wing at St Mary's with their newborn son
Prince William and Kate Middleton depart The Lindo Wing at St Mary's with their newborn son
Prince William and Kate Middleton depart The Lindo Wing at St Mary's with their newborn son
Prince William and Kate Middleton depart The Lindo Wing at St Mary's with their newborn son
Prince William and Kate Middleton depart The Lindo Wing at St Mary's with their newborn son
The Royal family have left hospital

Among those who will definitely attend the ceremony will be the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and the Duchess's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and her siblings James and Pippa. Prince Harry and James and Pippa Middleton may also be godparents.

When Prince William was christened in 1982 there were more than 60 guests, though the Duke of York, who was serving in the Falklands, and Princess Margaret, who was on holiday in Italy, did not attend.

Kate looks positively peachy in this pastel combination.
Kate looks positively peachy in this pastel combination.
The Duchess looks blooming beautiful in the early stages of her pregnancy.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greaes people as she attends an evening reception to celebrate the work of The Art Room charity at The National Portrait Gallery on April 24, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Princess Cruises ship naming ceremony at Ocean Terminal on June 13, 2013 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson- WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge makes an official visit to Baker Street Underground Station on March 20, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)
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GRIMSBY, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the National Fishing Heritage Centre on March 5, 2013 in Grimsby, England. The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is spending the day visiting Grimsby in the North East of England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Her patterned dress is a style hit.
The mum-to-be looks beautiful in yellow alongside Prince Charles and Camilla.
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While shopping for nursery items, Kate has nailed the effortless look.
Her polka dot Topshop dress sold out hours after Kate originally wore it last month.
91177, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Tuesday February 19, 2013. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, shows off her baby bump while visiting Action on Addiction's Hope House in London. The pregnant royal met fans and showed off her blossoming bump in a maxi dress while visiting the charity to meet with women recovering from addiction. **UK, AUSTRALIA & NZ OUT** Photograph: Andrew Parsons / i-Images, PacificCoastNews.com **FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE** **E-TABLET/IPAD & MOBILE PHONE APP PUBLISHING REQUIRES ADDITIONAL FEES** LOS ANGELES OFFICE: 1 310 822 0419 LONDON OFFICE: +44 208 090 4079
While attending a friend's wedding in Switzerland earlier this year, Kate accessorised to the max with a fur stole and complementary pillbox hat.
The Duchess had her favourite coat altered so that it could accommodate her growing shape during pregnancy.

The Chapel Royal has personal memories for the Duke and the Duchess, as the Duke's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, lay at rest there following her death in 1997, and the Duchess was confirmed into the Church of England there before her marriage in 2011.

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1985: A photo taken from the Middleton family album of Kate Middleton aged three on holiday in the Lake District
							
							Picture: THE MIDDLETON FAMILY
1985: A photo taken from the Middleton family album of Kate Middleton aged three on holiday in the Lake District Picture: THE MIDDLETON FAMILY
1987: A photo taken from the Middleton family album of Kate Middleton aged five Picture: THE MIDDLETON FAMILY
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