Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Christening of Prince George

It has been one of the most eagerly anticipated and long awaited dates on the royal calendar this year - today Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was christened at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived with little George at 2.30 p.m. William sat in the front of a Jaguar XJ, whilst Kate sat in the back with George.


The christening of a couple's first child is always a particularly special occasion and even more so for William and Kate with people from around the globe celebrating the special day.


It's the first time we've had the opportunity to see the three-month-old baby properly and initially I thought he looks very much like his dad, although on second glance he bears striking similarities to Kate when she was a baby. Who do you think he looks like?

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Ahead of the Christening, Archbishop Justin Welby released a video message in the hopes that George's christening will encourage other couples to consider having their child baptised. He offered the Cambridges the following advice:

'My message to them, would be, what a treat, what an amazing gift, what wonderful times that you will have. There will be great times and tough times, there always are with children.'

The Archbishop baptised Prince George by splashing his head three times with water rather than by dipping his head into the font. The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were used during the baptism.

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Prince George wore a hand-made replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to The Queen. The original Honiton lace and satin robe, which is now 172 years old, was last used in 2004 with Lady Louise Windsor being the last royal baby to wear the piece. After years of wear it had become too fragile to use, so in 2008 The Queen commissioned a replica. It features the same length skirt, elaborate collars and bow as its predecessor. The first baby to wear it was was James, Viscount Severn, son of The Earl and Countess of Wessex.


Just twenty-two guests were invited to the christening including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Michael, Carole, Pippa and James Middleton. Other guests included Prince George's seven godparents and their spouses.

Yes, William and Kate have selected seven people to be godparents to their first son.


  • Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton - Mr Lowther-Pinkerton severed as Private Secretary to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry from 2005-2012 and continues to serve part-time as Principal Private Secretary and equerry. I had hoped he would be chosen, he has been one of the couple's most trusted advisers and his son William was a page boy at the royal wedding in 2011.


  • Zara Tindall (formerly Phillips) - Zara, who is pregnant with her own first child, is Prince William's first-cousin and the only member of the Royal family on the list. A down-to-earth event rider who won a team silver eventing medal at the London 2012 games, she will help bring a sense of normality into the future King's life. Kate and Zara appear to get along very well and are often photographed chatting at family events, no doubt their children will grow up together as William and Harry did with Zara and her brother Peter.


  • The Honourable Mrs Michael Samuel - Julia Samuel was a close friend of the late Princess of Wales who works as a psychotherapist and a counsellor at St Mary's in Paddington, where she helps families who have lost a child or baby. She helped launch Child Bereavement UK, a charity for families who have lost loved ones, of which Diana was patron. Prince William has continued his mother's work in his role as patron of the organisation.  Her sister Sabrina is a former girlfriend of Prince Charles, and her son Benjamin, now 23, was one of Diana's godsons. I thought it a very nice touch to include one of Diana's closest friends.


  • Hugh Grosvenor - Earl Grosvenor is son and heir of The Duke of Westminster. Aged just 22, he will be Prince George's youngest godparent. His mother, the Duchess of Westminster, is Prince William's godmother and was the only godparent selected by Diana at the time.


  • Emilia Jardine Paterson (formerly d'Erlanger) - Emilia, whose name was mentioned in the press weeks ago, is a close friend of William and Kate's. She attended Marlborough College with the Duchess and accompanied her on holiday in 2007 during the couple's brief break up. She also joined Prince William on a Greek Island cruise in her late teens. The interior designer is said to have helped the couple renovate their apartment at Kensington Palace.


  • William van Cutsem - William is the only Catholic godparent and childhood friend of Prince William on the list. He comes from a large family of Norfolk landowners and William is the youngest of four sons. His father who passed away recently was a very close friend of Prince Charles. It was thought Hugh van Cutsem was the more likely choice as his daughter was a flower girl at the royal wedding.


  • Oliver Baker - A close friend of the couple's from St. Andrews University who shared Balgrove House with them during their final two years. Oliver and William are said to be incredibly close and he's been a very loyal friend to the Cambridges over the years.

There was much speculation surrounding the choice of godparents, and it had been thought William and Kate would break with tradition by choosing less than six. It is interesting to note they asked seven people. I quite like the mix, from close friends, to a trusted aide and of course including the late Diana by asking one of her dearest friends. What do you think of William and Kate's choices?


The forty-five minute service featured two lessons from St Luke and St John read by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton and the following hymns; Breathe on me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision. Two anthems, Blessed Jesu! Here We Stand (written for William's christening) and The Lord Bless You and Keep You were performed by The Choir of Her Majesty's Chapel Royal.

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The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace was used for the lying in state of Diana Princess of Wales after her death in 1997. The chapel was also the venue for Kate's confirmation into the Church of England in 2011, in a private ceremony before the royal wedding. Built in 1531, the heart of Mary Tudor was laid beneath its chancel step in 1558. Princess Beatrice's christening took place there in 1988, William attended the service with his mother.

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William and Kate selected The Chapel Royal because they felt it was the perfect choice for an intimate christening.

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James and Pippa Middleton arriving.

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The Queen wore a brooch that was a gift from her parents to mark the birth of Prince Charles in 1948.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked regal in an ivory Alexander McQueen dress (with many thanks to Perth Fashion). The ivory piece is from the Spring/Summer 2012 Collection and described as a leaf crepe jacket with wave ruffle panel, jacket has rounded padded shoulders and silk lining.


It is thought to be a modified version of the garment show below.

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Kate wore the appropriately named Georgie Hat by Jane Taylor Millinery (with a special thank you to CP). The sophisticated sinamay beret with delicate silk/organza rose and classic veiling trim is available for £755.

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Kate accessorised with her Kiki McDonough Citrine Drops and her Gucci watch.


Kate completed the look with her £165 Russell and Bromley Park Ave pumps.

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You can watch a video of the Cambridges arriving with little George at ITV and Sky News.


Following the service, Prince Charles and Camilla gave a private tea at Clarence House. Guests were served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from William and Kate's wedding cake. After the reception the official christening portraits were taken by noted photographer Jason Bell. The photos will be released at some point tomorrow.


It was a beautiful christening and wonderful to see so many members of the royal family and Middleton family together to celebrate the christening of Prince George. The Duke and Duchess looked incredibly proud and the Kate's McQueen dress was the perfect choice for the occasion. 

We'll see you all tomorrow when the official christening portraits are released :)

125 comments:

  1. Awww, his little pudgy face! Such a beautiful little chap. I saw a video on Sky News of the royal party all meeting up outside the chapel and it seemed exactly what William & Kate wanted, a small family affair and everyone looked so relaxed and happy. I thought Kate looked stunning.

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    1. Charlotte , thank you for posting these pics so quickly for us. , the little prince is absolutely adorable. He looks to me like both prince william and kate..I could see how PROUD and HAPPY prince william looks as he holds his son.. kate looked fabulous and so did pippa.. james I was so happy to see in the pics,, zara was glowing and looking beautiful.. her majesty is so beautiful still and looked proud too. I must say Charlotte I was so happy today...as always I look forward everyday to all your postings , pics and information about the duchess and her family..you do such a fantastic job of it all. Thank you so much..
      1 question? = I bought a card today to send to the duke and duchess ( christening card)
      What address do I send it to? I know that they moved to KP.. what is their address for cards or gifts? MUST I say an extra stamp enclosed in order for me to receive a reply back?
      Thanks Charlotte. CarmenNidia, U.S.A

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    2. Hello Carmen the address is,

      HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,
      Clarence House,
      London,
      SW1A 1BA

      Thank you all so much for your comments x

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  2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)23 October 2013 at 15:45

    Oh my goodness! Prince George's cheeks! They are so kissable!! And boy does he look like his daddy!
    I'm so happy and excited for this young family--what a wonderful day.
    Thanks for the wonderful, informative post Charlotte. You are truly the best around!
    Shantel
    Minnesota, USA

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  3. Adorable - I think he looks exactly like Catherine did when she was a baby - chubby cheeks and all! Had a feeling she would go with McQueen today...looks gorgeous!

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  4. I just love a chubby baby. To me it looks like his hair is growing in Brunette. He is a cute baby, that is obviously very loved and the center of everyone's attention..

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  5. Jean from Lancs.23 October 2013 at 15:55

    Dear Charlotte---thank you so much for the speedy report.
    Some beautiful photos pf Prince George held by the Duke as they greeted the Queen. Absolutely gorgeous baby and beautiful Mummy---Dad wasn't bad either.
    They obviously chose as Godparents long time friends who have always been loyal and have not told tales to the press.
    I think the choice of the Chapel Royal a return to history and we saw much more of the arrival of them all than we would have done at the Palace.
    The tea-party to follow is such an English tradition too. That's what was always done in my family following a Christening.
    Wonderful day altogether.
    Does Prince George look as though he may be a redhead?

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  6. You are SO right, Charlotte! George looks very much like his daddy. :o) Thanks for the wonderful, fast post - it's a nice break from the hospital.

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  7. Good thing George looks like Kate!

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  8. You are SO right, Charlotte! George looks very much like his daddy. :o) Thanks for the wonderful, fast post - it's a nice break from the hospital.

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  9. To be honest I wasn't expecting a detailed post like this with such lovely pictures so soon! I'm so happy I finally got see George "properly" with his eyes open. He has certainly grown since we last laid eyes on him and he is one adorable handsome baby! I agree that he does look like his dad but I do see a bit of Kate in him as well. I'm still curious to know what color his eyes are? Anyways I hope they all have a lovely rest of the day and I can't wait to see the official pictures tomorrow!

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  10. Oh my, he looks exactly like Kate did. Take a look at her christening picture. http://www.eonline.com/news/473119/see-prince-william-and-kate-middleton-s-christening-pics-ahead-of-tomorrow-s-prince-george-celebration

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  11. What a handsome little prince! Such a sweet child! No wonder that William and Kate are so proud of him! And the baptism royal christening robe is so beautiful.

    Charlotte, I am so happy. I had a feeling about Zara being chosen and though I know less of the other god parents, I do not feel disappointed at all.

    I agree with you Prince George looks a lot like William.

    Thank you for your lovely post. You've made my day! :)

    You are indeed the best Ms Charlotte,

    Monica, France

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  12. Hi there Charlotte! Wow the little Prince is very like William. I have to agree with you there. He's so cute and a big baby. He's looks very placid also. Kate looked beautiful but I must day Carole looked amazing!! She is a very classy lady. I do hope they enjoy this special day.

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  13. Sarah from Calif.23 October 2013 at 16:12

    Oh my goodness, he is adorable! A perfect little cherub!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.23 October 2013 at 20:16

      Oh my I can't talk now and it's killing me.
      William's nose and mouth.
      Kate's cherub cheeks.Head shape both parents.
      Hair? thought he would be strawberry Blonde but, I think it is more brunette. Eyes? hard to tell from pictures! Oh he is soooo beautiful!

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    2. Shantel (@FashionandFaith)24 October 2013 at 15:19

      Sarah he totally is! Don't you just want to eat him up?!! So cute and so serious!
      Shantel
      Minnesota, USA

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    3. Sarah, I think perfect little cherub is a great description! Such a little doll face!!! LOVE!

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    4. bluhare from Washington State24 October 2013 at 19:14

      He is definitely adorable. I want to skutch those cheeks!

      The DM has a headline today calling him HRH Grumps. I had to print that out for my mother . . . my dad was always Grumps to his grandchildren, and she'll be thrilled to see an HRH in front of it!

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  14. George looks like Kate! Same nose fuller lips. Williams nose is long and he has no lips. Good for George...

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  15. how could they not name their own sibilings as god parents? but george has 10 pound cheeks like i did as a baby...he is so big for three months old!

    sarah

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    1. Prince Harry and Pippa and James Middleton don't need to be godparents. They will have a constant presence and influence as the child's uncles and aunt, his close blood relatives. That relationship is actually more significant than that of godparents.

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  16. Theresa, from Paris23 October 2013 at 16:19

    Just one word : WONDERFUL !!!
    Prince George really looks like his father to me, as you said, dear Charlotte. And I loved the Duchess' dress and look ...
    Can't wait for the official photos :)

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  17. I actually think the baby looks rather like baby photos of the Duchess, not those of William. He has dark eyes, I note, and I think he'll have dark hair. The Middleton sibling's coloring comes from their father. Michael Middleton was quite dark-haired before he went gray. Looks to me as though the baby may have the Middleton coloring.

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  18. This baby is adorable! Is it me or he seems to have brown eyes...?
    But I will have to disagree with you Charlotte :) In my opinion he looks very much like is mother when she was a baby. Hello Magazine published a couple of photos of baby Kate some months ago, and the resemblance is incredible.

    Kate looks wonderful today, I love the fact that she wore a pale, cream colour, it really suits a new mother on a christening. And that means that Pippa should have worn another colour, it's very similar and it almost outshines Kate's dress.

    Thank you so much for this great post, Charlotte. Looking forward to the updates.
    Z. from Portugal

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  19. My goodness, isn't he cute?! So well behaved!

    Also, on a separate note... I wonder if Hugh Grosvenor is single? He's my age and I love blondes! haha

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    1. Yes, Hugh is single and heir to a dukedom and very large fortune as an extra bonus.

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  20. Hi charlotte love prince george will be looking forward for the official photos i do love princewilliam greeted the queen the seem like they want small affair not just a public affair i love carole dress and pippa classic dress and godparents happy to share with george prince george is not as sleep

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  21. Thank you, Charlotte! I was not expecting to see all of these wonderful photos so soon! I love Kate's outfit and a perfect color match to the Christening gown. There seems to be mixed opinions on who George looks like. I think he is a "combination" of both parents. It looks like he has brown eyes very similar to Kate. Only time will tell. Those chubby little cheeks are adorable! It will fun to see the "official" photos too. Were there any surprises regarding the godparents?

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    1. Her eyes are green, with some amber flecks, I've noticed in close-ups. But otherwise, he does look like her as a baby.

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    2. Hi! Actually, Kate's eye colour is described as "hazel". So, depending on the light, her eyes can look green or brownish.

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    3. Kate does not have brown eyes - No one on William's side has brown eyes and Kate, Pippa, and the Middleton's (mom and dad) do not have brown eyes. If that baby has brown eyes that will be very interesting.......

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    4. Mr. Middleton and Pippa have dark brown eyes.

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  22. Awh he is so cute! I have to say, he reminds me a bit of a young Prince Harry.

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  23. Jean from Lancs.23 October 2013 at 17:01

    Catherine's outfit seems quite a lot different from the model picture---fewer frills on the jacket, but a much fuller skirt.
    Prince William did such a great job presenting his son to the cameras, so we got such a fantastic photo.
    He does look like Catherine as a baby--but like all babies has a bit of both. He looks quite solemn as though puzzled.
    Don't you just want to hug him?

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  24. Photographies I was longing for since the birth of the little prince.
    Kate & Will look so great happy and the little prince seems to live this day like another of the kind : so cute ! so cute ! Many thanks.

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  25. Theresa. New York23 October 2013 at 17:27

    I knew you would do a bang-up job of reporting the christening. Well done.
    The baby, in my opinion, looks like William and he sure is chubby. He is adorable.

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  26. Oh, what a gorgeous chubby little face! And, to me, he is the spitting image of baby Catherine! Looks like he has dark eyes and I think he will have dark hair as well! The only thing I think he's got from William is his ears!
    Love Catherine's ensamble and hat. I especially love her hair today! And I like the fact that it looks much straighter than we were used to see it! PERFECT! She is stunning, no matter what!
    Pippa and Carole, classy ladies ( how can people dislike them?).
    And I actually like bearded James!
    Queen Elizabeth II, what a lady! I hope I can be like her when I'm her age!
    Thank you for this great post, Charlotte! You're writing history here!
    Can't wait for tomorrow!
    Hugs,

    Ana B. from Brazil

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  27. Charlotte, you are simply the best! This is your best post yet! First of all I agree with you little George looks just like his dad. Secondly Kate looks stunning! I love when she dresses like this just wow!!! Thirdly I love their choices for godparents! I love that he chose Zara!! I love that he chose a Catholic and I love that he chose a friend of Diana's to honour his mother! These pictures are gorgeous you posted I love to see how happy William is and I can't wait for the video tomorrow! Thank you!

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  28. Why weren't prince harry and pippa named as godparents? They are family and closest to the pair! I am baffled!

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    1. They are already his uncle and aunt and will have a lifelong connection to him in that capacity. They didn't need to be godparents, too.

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  29. Oh my word, those cheeks! Prince George is an absolute doll! I just want to cuddle him! It seemed to be a blessed and wonderful occasion. Everyone looked so joyful! I will say I think George is a mix of both parents in his looks. He is just so sweet! All the articles I read said that he was on his best behavior. Good job George. :)

    William and Kate looked happy as they greeted the Queen. Kate's smile was so genuine and sweet. She looked beautiful. I LOVED the McQueen dress. I thought the cream color was beautiful and a lovely choice for her child's christening. William looked pretty handsome himself, but adorable little George stole the show. :) The christening gown is absolutely incredible!

    I thought the choices of godparents was lovely. I was so happy that Julia Samuel was chosen. I think Diana would be so pleased. There was obviously a huge nod and honor given to Diana by choosing Julia Samuel and Hugh Grosvenor, since the Duchess of Westmister was the only godparent chosen by Diana for William. I think they will all fulfill the role given to them with love. Prince George will be blessed in so many ways!

    I think the music and scriptures chosen were beautiful. I so wish we could have a glimpse of the service, but completely understand the private family occasion. I CAN'T WAIT to see the official photos being released tomorrow. So very excited! Charlotte, brilliant job on the post! It made my day! I'll be checking in for any updates!!!

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  30. Is it me or did Kate change her make-up style? She usually goes for blue eyeshadow/black eyeliner but today is seems she chose brown-ish tones... am I mad?
    Ana

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    1. I've never seen her in blue eye shadow. She almost always goes for brown shades, possibly gray.

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    2. I've never seen Kate wearing blue eyeshadow! She either uses brown or grey!

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  31. "Guests were served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from William and Kate's wedding cake."

    ... the actual cake? I know it's custom for couples to save wedding cake for anniversaries, etc, but everyone always mentions that's it never tastes very good when eaten a year (or in this case, more) afterwards!

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    1. Hi Angie, traditional British wedding cakes are usually fruit cakes with alcohol, so they tend to keep quite well.

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  32. Great post! I love that fact they went with 7 godparents. Not everything they do is minamized! I think kinda ironic that they wented the day to be privite and intiamate but yet there was a live streaming of the event. Maybe Williams uncles will did get a chance to watched.

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  33. Charlotte, I once again just have to thank you first - everything put together just spot on - you are doing an AMAZING job!!! Then, I totally agree with you, at first I thought the baby looked very much like William - now I´m not so sure! Anyway, lovely photos of a lovely baby and proud + happy parents - just wonderful!! Both looked so radiant - it was truly lovely to see.... Kate looked really perfect this time... perfect dress for this occasion, wow.... thanks again Charlotte!! Eve from Germany

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  34. Prince George is adorable! It was neat to see the kisses and bow/curtsy to HM. Everyone looked so happy, what a great day for the proud parents and their family! I especially like Kate's outfit. I'm glad that she chose a cream color. It is the perfect color for the occasion and she looked beautiful holding her son.

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  35. Lovely~ This dress reminds me the one she had on in that first royal engagement portrait...ruffle, ivory...but the silhouette is different. I believe that one was a Reiss?

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  36. Wow Wow wow u did a stellar job!! (I learned this word from u) kate looks exquisite!!! I looove her white!!! I think she looks manificent in llight colors like cream and pink!!

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  37. Is there a reason my post about which shoes she was wearing is not up? I'd hate to think that I identified them correctly but that someone else wanted to take credit for it...

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    1. I've published every comment I've received. Kate wore her Russell and Bromley Park Ave shoes which she's worn several times before, you'll find it was discussed on Twitter hours ago.

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    2. When I submitted my comment, you had not included her shoes in the post, and I was attempting to help. But it still hasn't been published.

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    3. I'm afraid I didn't receive your other comment, I have checked twice. I'm very familiar with the Park Ave shoes and was busy updating various aspects of the post but if you would like credit for mentioning it, I'm happy to do that.

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    4. My comment has posted either - may be problems with blogger again...not to worry.

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    5. Penelope, I am terribly sorry. Blogger seems to be having ongoing and unresolved issues with commenting. So sorry for the inconvenience.

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  38. Wow wow wow!!!! U did a stellar job!! (I learned this word from u) kate looks exquisite!! Loooove how she looks in white!! My favorite looks of her is when she wears light colors!!! Thanx for the post!!

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  39. Thank you all so much for reading and taking the time to comment. It was a lovely christening and a very special day for William and Kate. George is adorable :)

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  40. Kate as usual, looks fabulous adn everyone seems relaxed a happy. Love it. I would have preferred a different color on Kate, only because George was wearing cream and he is the center of the ceremony after all.

    My only question is -- why did Pippa wear cream like her sister? You'd think that they would coordinate a bit better. I know when my sister got married, she nearly flipped out because I had purchased a peach colored dress -- the same as her bride maid's dress (I was in charge of the guest book - nice sister, huh?). So I had to change my dress so it wasn't the same color as the bride maid's dress. I would have thought that Pippa would have quickly asked Kate, what color are you wearing? And then not worn anything similar. Plus, I noticed that Camilla wore cream as well. With all the cream going around, it would be hard to spot George!

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    1. I'm pretty sure everyone coordinated and it was not a surprise for Kate to see her sister wearing cream! . First of all, don't forget Americans place more emphasis on "different colors" than British people. Don't forget Kate's wedding part was in all white as well (that's very common for British weddings to have a "snowball wedding"). I bet they wanted to all coordinate for the family portraits to be taken that day.

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    2. According to the designer of Pippa's outfit, they DID coordinate and both chose to wear cream. The Duchess would also have approved the cream dress Pippa wore at the wedding. The attendants at British royal weddings often wear white, cream, or ivory.

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    3. I have the same remarks to cream colour. It is obvious that Kate looked fabulous and appropriate to the event but having George in hands it was too much crem colour. I wonder how the photos would like of Kate and George.
      Camilla seemed to have both colur and kind of fabric texture the same, similar impression of fascinator. Pipa's outfit had the shine of a little bit of grey or light lilac Anyway it gave impression of the same colours.
      Zara looked elegant in her navy but why so dark.
      Carole Middleton's hat looked too summer
      And the cake - adorable George looks like to children of his time. For this reason he looks to my friends son Michael who is 4 y old now :)

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  41. Great post, but only ? over hat. According to Jane Taylor on Twitter DoC "is wearing a sophisticated sinamay beret with delicate silk organza rose and classic veiling trim" - it isn't velour felt.

    Apologies if this has already been mentioned.

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    1. Hello CP,

      I asked and was directed to this website description.

      Sophisticated velour felt beret with delicate silk/organza rose & classic veiling trim. Worn in sinamay, with an ivory handmade rose, by The Duchess of Cambridge to Prince George's Christening on 23rd October 2014. Perfect for any occasion.

      I shall enquire again, thank you for pointing it out!

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    2. That's an odd description. How can it be velour felt and sinamay both? It looks like sinamay to me.

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    3. It's a very odd description, perhaps an error was made on the website.

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    4. Website now says that DoC wore hat in sinamay.

      You have the best site Charlotte. Many congratulations on such a detailed and current site.

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    5. That is wonderful, thank you so much for the update. I was going to email them in the morning and hadn't thought to double check the site. It is greatly appreciated CP!

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    6. I do believe the netting is cinemay and the body of the hat is velour felt. This is my first time to post, but I dearly enjoy your blog!

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  42. Think Kate looks wonderful in her outfit and George looks like a serious little George, very cute.

    Excellent choice of godparents but they should have been announced much earlier (as was the case with William.) As it was, there was speculation about friends who weren't chosen and Kate and Williamn owe those friends an apology. It was a game of secrecy that could only be embarassing to those not chosen. It was one thing to be secret about the wedding dress, although I felt bad for Oldfield, who was used as a decoy. Designers are professionals, but friends who heard their names mentioned over and over as likely choices but couldn't say anything out of loyalty, must feel a pang.

    Was delighted to hear that servicemen who worked with William were said to be invited to the chapel. Hope there was a Spencer representative there too. The link to the Westminsters is very nice.

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    1. Jean from Lancs.23 October 2013 at 20:44

      You can hardly blame the Duke and Duchess for the press having a guess at names and getting some of them wrong..
      We didn't even get the Prince Charles's name until the morning of his Christening.

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    2. I really don't think it's for outsiders to say when the names of the godparents should have been announced. That's a private matter, entirely for the parents. I seriously doubt that the people who weren't chosen were wringing their hands in embarrassment over the matter. In fact, by not announcing early, the people who WERE chosen may have been spared more intrusive press attention than they were receiving (and a few were entirely spared, since the press didn't guess their identities).

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    3. The people in question would know whether they had been asked to be godparents or not. Nothing to be embarrassed about because the press was speculating.

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    4. bluhare from Washington State24 October 2013 at 19:18

      The names of three people were reported as godparents, and it appears that they were right except for poor Fergus Boyd! Guess he'd better drop that new circle of friends.

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  43. Thank you for a great post!! I loved seeing the happy family and Prince George is a beautiful baby! Why do you think neither Harry nor Pippa were chosen to be godparents? Is it typical to select siblings?

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  44. Thanks for the post! I liked how you showed pictures of Kate and William and George as well as the other guests. I particularly like seeing what the Queen wears and how Kate matches with her and found it interesting that the Queen wore a brooch given to her to commemorate the birth of her own son - how thoughtful! I also liked that you provided a brief summary of each godparent. You're doing a great job here and I love reading this blog for Kate info!

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  45. Thanks for such a great post Charlotte, you are amazing!!! Oh my goodness Prince George is such a cutie! Looks just like Kate in her baby pictures!! I just want to kiss those chubby cheeks!

    When I first saw the top part of Kate's dress I thought she had recycled the Reiss dress she wore for her engagement pictures and was very dissapointed. So glad to see her in a new McQueen dress! So far, it looks lovely and I can't wait to see it in full tomorrow.

    I wasn't as thrilled with Pippa's dress. The cut seemed to hide her wonderful figure and for some reason this seems to be a constant problem for her. The dresses she chooses are lovely but the fit is almost always off, a little to loose or a little to frumpy. And don't get me started on her hat! I hope the pictures tomorrow do her a little more justice

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  46. Georgie is such a cutie pie!! Love the adorable chubby cheeks :-o)Thank you Charlotte for this awesome post!! Kate looked beautiful and her choice of dress was gorgeous. Will they post a link of the entire service online????this is truly a historic moment. Also have to add Pippa looked really elegant in her offwhite dress. Thanks chica for this fabulous update!xoxo

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  47. Carole looked lovely. Pippa's cost was too big on her and was not a fan of her hat but her hair and makeup were nice. Her Majesty looked regal and elegant as always.

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  48. Great post and very informative, nice to have the details about the other people who took part in the day as well and some photos of them!
    It must be a British or European tradition that it's acceptable to wear white/cream to weddings and christenings? I was always taught that it's bad form, that you never want to wear white or cream to any church events like weddings, baptisms, confirmations, First Communion (in the Catholic Church), so as not to clash with the guest of honor, whether it's a bride, a baby being baptized or whoever is taking part in the service. But maybe that's just a US custom?
    Kate looks great, better than she has in months, better even than in the months before her pregnancy was announced. There's not much extra weight but a little and it definitely suits her. Her makeup also looked less heavy and theatrical and that's definitely an improvement.
    Kate looked good, Zara looked amazing and I loved her navy coat and dress ensemble, very glad to see she was chosen as a godmother.
    I'm just not a huge fan of Kate in cream, with the sole exception of the Roland Mouret gown she wore months ago. The dress isn't bad, it just doesn't accent her coloring the way a pale blue or navy blue would have and I'm not a fan of the whole "matchy-matchy," coordinating an outfit to a specific event dressing on anyone. But overall, Kate looks good, William looks good, they look very happy and relaxed. It's tough to tell who the baby looks like this young but the pictures of him today remind me of the first baby pictures we saw of William.
    Carole looked very nice and Pippa - sigh - well, she's Pippa. Someone needs to stage an intervention between her and the spray tans.
    As some have already mentioned, I am sure the clothing colors were coordinated beforehand for best effect in the photos.
    Glad to see such a young and eclectic mix of godparents. They seem to be, with only a couple of exceptions, people who the baby will see regularly as family friends and relatives, so they will have a real presence in his life.
    Thanks for the post, very informative and well done!

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    1. In reply, to the Wearing white I just found out that it is actually not bad etiquette to wear white to weddings etc. Somewhere along the lines though it became frowned upon though. So by the rules of etiquette it is Okay, but you probably shouldn't do it.. mainly at weddings though.

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    2. The British, in my experience, don't actually seem to have any rules about this, nor do they have any rules about not wearing white/cream/ivory after a certain date at the end of the summer. It's even something of a custom for the attendants at royal weddings to wear white.

      I actually think whites and creams suit the Duchess well. Blondes like me can look washed out in an outfit that is entirely white, but someone with her coloring carries them off better.

      Pippa Middleton's outfit was fine -- not my taste, but there was nothing wrong with it. The coat was quite charming. However, I'll agree that she needs to lighten up on the spray tan.

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    3. Marci in Salt Lake24 October 2013 at 05:23

      Elizabeth, you made me laugh out loud at your comment about Pippa and the spray tans. I so agree. I think she would look better if she let her face fade to a paler color. But I liked her outfit as well as all the others. I personally think the "rules" about wearing this color or that, not wearing this color or that are slightly silly--it should be completely left up to the main people involved. Once you know their opinions, just wear whatever you know will please them and I think that's all that matters. I can imagine Carol Middleton, though, phoning somebody to ask what the Queen and Camilla were planning to wear . . .

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    4. I thought Zara looked amazing also! I loved her navy ensemble! I was glad she was the "chosen Royal" as godparent. She seems so fun and down to earth. She was definitely beautiful and had the mommy glow!

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    5. Portia from Chicago24 October 2013 at 20:11

      I really don't understand the dislike of Pippa's outfits and her in general. She is in such a difficult position and frankly seems like an absolute good sort, good sport. I agree that the tan is awful (and I wish she would stop doing it) but her clothes are respectable and appropriate.

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  49. Rose from Montreal, Canada23 October 2013 at 21:56

    Wow, Amazing, Prince George looked very serious and oh my those chubby cheeks. Our Duchess and the other ladies look great. It was truly worth waiting for. Thanks a million Charlotte for the wonderful job that you do. I can't wait for the official photos tomorrow. Plus the Duchess has an engagement. We are been spoiled. This week is looking like one in a million. I am hoping my feet will touch the ground some time soon. Thank you.

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  50. thank you for always having the best posts and pictures of the duke and duchess and little prince! I just have a question about the duchess. wasn't she christened when she was a baby? just have always wondered why she was confirmed before the royal wedding. I look forward to seeing the official pictures tomorrow!

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  51. Will there be a post on the Winter Whites Gala invitation? I love that the invite included "Carriages 11:30PM"

    http://www.laineygossip.com/Prince-William-and-Catherines-Winter-Whites-Gala-with-Taylor-Swift-invitation/28398

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      I will include it in one of today's posts :)

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  52. Prince George is an adorable little guy! I think he has Kate's coloring for sure. It's so hard to decide whom babies look like as they change so much. I'd say he looks more like Kate now, but I bet he will start looking more like William as he gets older :) Kate looked lovely as usual! Thanks so much for the fabulous update, Charlotte! Looking forward to tomorrow!!

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  53. Prince George is definitely his mother's son. :D

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  54. Charlotte what can I say. You outdid every other Blogs out there today. Well done. Andrea from Canada.

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  55. i love kate's outfit! so pretty and flattering, and yet also formal. very nice hat, too. also like her hair and makeup. i like her weight like this: slim, but not gaunt - very pretty results.

    all the gents and ladies look good. with a special mention for zara, who sometimes goes too towards "edgy" and not enough "formal" or even "flattering."

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  56. Thank you for this fantastic post, Charlotte. What a great job-so many interesting pieces of information.

    I had no idea Kate was not Church of England before marriage? You referred to her confirmation in 2011. Was she Methodist? I know she wasn't Catholic because that would have been a very public issue. Was she christened in the C.E. but never confirmed? I'm very intrigued...

    George is adorable! He looks very healthy and bright-good signs that he's thriving! I think he looks like Kate. I think baby boys often favour their mothers. He's so little and will change so much that it's hard to predict who he will resemble. I was surprised that he appears to be dark eyed-of course, it's very hard to tell. Maybe he's like his Aunt Pippa.

    I thought Kate looked lovely. I also thought it was the Reiss engagement photo dress at first.

    I wonder Is anyone else like me? I really wish Kate would try a hat with a brim or a more intriguing shape. I think she would look stunning in them. Charlotte, do you know if she dislikes hats with brims or wider hats? She has worn a few but not often.

    I wish Pippa had worn a different colour and I'm not sure about her hat. I thought Carol looked nice but I haven't really had a good look at her outfit. I think Brother James should shave off his beard or trim it quite a bit.

    The godparents are good choices. I was especially touched by the choice of Princess Diana's friend. The small but significant choices made by William to honour her are very telling and touching.

    Looking forward to the Hedge Fund Dinner-hope there's another new choice for Kate's attire.

    Best wishes to all!

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    1. Hello Canadian Friend,

      Kate does seem to favour berets and fascinators. They do frame her face well although she wore a wide brimmed hat to a wedding in 2010 which looked lovely on her.

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    2. would love to know about the confirmation also

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    3. As someone who wears hats, I can attest that wide-brimmed hats tend to get in the way. They are hard to wear in cars, they block the view of people sitting behind you -- they are often an inconvenience in a variety of ways. I love them, but small hats and fascinators are much less problematic.

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    4. Coming to this debate very late (only just discovered this site), but in answer to the question about Kate's confirmation - we know she was baptised as a baby because photos have been published, and confirmation can follow at any time after baptism in the C of E. The most usual age is early teens, but it's by no means a given, so presumably Kate just decided to be confirmed later. I guess being engaged to the future head of the church would help her to make that decision.
      Cath - England.

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  57. Marci in Salt Lake24 October 2013 at 05:38

    Prince George is a beautiful baby. I think he looks like both parents. I loved getting a good, clear close-up of the christening gown. It's gorgeous. Prince William looked proud and very happy. I loved everybody's outfits--I don't mind matching colors at all, and I like that Kate, her mother and her sister together seemed to echo the wedding in the colors they wore to George's christening. I love that Camilla and Kate greet Her Majesty and Prince Philip with a kiss before they curtsey.

    I would like to know, though, if there is information published on what verses were read in the christening and what the speeches were. Katie in Texas, you seemed to know?

    Charlotte, your blog was of course the most informational of all the articles out there. Thank you for naming and describing all the godparents and for the extra information about the Chapel and even about where the Cambridges sat in their car as they arrived.

    I do have another question: who is the young man behind James in the photo of James and Pippa, with Carol Middleton behind Pippa?

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    1. Marci, the scriptures read were Luke 18:15-17 Jesus Blesses Little Children and John 15:1-5 The Vine and the Branches. The hymns were Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision (one of my favorites :) ). The anthems were Blessed Jesu! Here We Stand composed by Richard Popplewell for William's christening and The Lord Bless You and Keep You composed by John Rutter. I would have LOVED to hear the choir sing. I know it would have been so breathtaking and moving. Both songs are on You Tube if you are not familiar with them. I couldn't wait to see beautiful little George, but I also wanted to know about the service. :) The words spoken by the Archbishop were a great reminder and charge to William and Kate as they raise little George. Such a beautiful and meaningful service from what I can gather in my mind.

      The young man behind James Middleton is Hugh Grosvenor, one of the chosen godparents. Charlotte has written a nice description of him above. Handsome little chap!

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  58. Hey Char, Great post. I was up early for work this morning and caught little snippets on the news. I couldn't wait to check your blog because I knew you would have all the best information and pictures.
    I know that from time to time people on here don't always agree on Kate's choice of outfit but I think we can all agree she looked beautiful. When I first saw pictures I was sure she was going to wear her nude pumps but I'm pleasantly surprised she switched it up. All around good choice for the duchess she looked AMAZING!!

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  59. This woman is always radiant, and I love seeing that. The production is very staged, but if the world is looking at you so closely, everyone is going to be on their best behavior. The royal family is a big deal - it is a governmental institution - the Queen is the head of state for many countries. Possibly, this is why the Queen was upset with Diana for making it personal. I like the personal, because I'm a huge fan. But I am seeing why the Queen wants her "office" spotless; so she can do her job. Duchess Kate is a wonderful reflection of love and kindness, don't you think?

    I'm wondering, does Pippa have veneers like her sister?

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  60. Great post. I think little George looks like his mother! Great to see the close-up of what Kate wore. Ivory is such a great color on her.

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  61. Charlotte, I have read the post several times and as always you did a FABULOUS job! I just can't get enough the post or of little George! I keep looking at how happy everyone seemed. Such a joyous and meaningful occasion. I don't know if anyone mentioned it, but I love how George was looking at his great grandmother as he arrived prior to the service. The Queen looked so beautiful and I'm sure her heart was content and happy thinking that the Windsor dynasty will continue on. Also saw some footage that had the trumpet fanfare as George and his parents arrived and with three heirs and the Queen all there. Little did he know what a great historical moment was occurring!

    SO much to look forward to today with the official pictures being published and the gala this evening! YAHOO!

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  62. Melanie from California24 October 2013 at 18:34

    Hi, Charlotte,

    I was surprised to learn that Kate was confirmed into the Church of England just before her wedding. I assumed she had grown up in this church. Was she raised following a different religion?

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    1. bluhare from Washington State24 October 2013 at 19:21

      She just might never have been confirmed in the church. I was, but my sister wasn't. As she married a guy who's going to be Defender of the Faith one day, I think it would be poor form if she weren't.

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    2. Portia from Chicago24 October 2013 at 20:09

      It is my understanding, from various articles (Guardian had one before her wedding) that she was not confirmed till date as they simply weren't very religious people. Just like millions of citizens of the UK. I do not find that surprising at all.

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  63. I know someone has already asked u this but can u tell us when the official photos of four generations of monarchs and other official photos from yesterday will be released also your thee first one to blog on the christening and I know that me and many other really appreciate that you do a w onderful job after your blogging I rarely have any questions because u have covered it all id appreciate some sort of answer on my previous questions thx so much for doing us a great favor

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  64. I was curious as to when the official pics of the four monarchs and other officials pics will be released?? also to tell you your were first to blog yesterday and over here in the US we wait and wait I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful job you do and after I have read your reporting or blogging I rarely have any questions because you have covered everything beautifully...Thx again and if u have the time a answer to those previous questions...you are the wonderful at what you do and I know the me and many other appreciate it....

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    1. Hello Mary Ellen,

      Thank you so much for commenting. The photos will be released at 10 p.m. BST and form what I'm hearing there's four :)

      I will look into the details surrounding Kate's confirmation and get right back you all about it.

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  66. She is C of E and was raised as such but Catherine never was confirmed. As the wife of the future head of the C of E she would need to have become a ' full' Christian. At baptism, it is your parents and godparents who promise on your behalf. At Confirmation, you take the promises for yourself to become an adult Christian.
    I wonder what Confirmation name she chose?

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    1. Melanie from California25 October 2013 at 04:40

      Thank you. I was confirmed as a teenager, per my religion, and I have had friends of my faith AND other faiths who are confirmed by the age of 18. I have never heard of someone being confirmed as an adult, unless of course, that person has converted from another religion.

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  67. Catherine was not confirmed despite being raised C of E. At baptism, it is the parents and godparents who take the Christian promises on your behalf so as wife of the future head of the C of E, she would need to be a full Christian.

    I wonder what Confirmation name she took?

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  69. My goodness, this event made me so happy. Prince George, don't you just want to smooch on those little chubby cheeks? He looks just like the pictures of Catherine as a baby. I so thoroughly enjoy the family occasions of the Windsors, and now the Middleton's as well... And love how Catherine's family is included. I have three beautiful young children and a wonderful husband but never had the pleasure of cousins, aunts and uncles... That big boisterous family fun created with lots of relatives. I look at these gatherings and live vicariously, lol! Thank you so much, Charlotte, for being the source of such pleasant diversions and information about history and protocol that is fascinating to read! Xoxo
    Kim from Arizona

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  70. I read that, while Kate was christened in the Anglican church, she never was confirmed as a teenager. I got the impression that the Middletons aren't very religious. The article I read said that because she was marrying the future leader of the Church of England, she wanted to get "caught up", so to speak.

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  71. Theresa. New York25 October 2013 at 13:47

    The baby is beautiful. His chubby cheeks are beyond cute--you just want to pinch them--lightly, of course.
    Charlotte, a question...Is there any way to zero in on Catherine's new bow shaped ring? I LOVE bow rings and am dying to see it. Maybe it could be included in the jewelry section and I don't mean to cause you more work.

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