Prince George Christening Ceremony Will Have Nice Tribute to Diana

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Kate MiddletonKate Middleton and Prince William have announced that their son, Prince George, will be christened on October 23 at the Royal Chapel in St. James' Palace. Ohh, another event to look forward to, royal watchers. St. James' Palace isn't where William or his father, Prince Charles, were christened. That would be Buckingham Palace. So what prompted this move for the royal christening? It could be that this is where Princess Diana was laid to rest for a week in her casket before being moved to Kensington Palace before her funeral at Westminster Abbey. Royal aids told The Telegraph that the choice of venue was "very much a personal choice."

You can bet that the christening will be a world-watched affair. Prince George will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and according to the British Monarchy Heir's Facebook page, he will be wearing a "a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841." Cute?!

A source said that the reason for St. James' Palace was:

They just liked it. It's a very intimate venue and has a nice atmosphere. They are familiar with the other chapels, but this was the one that most appealed to them.

Prince William's biographer, Penny Junor, insists that, despite George not having a Diana name in his, she has been "very much a part" of the marriage, and that christening George in the same chapel where Diana lay is definitely not coincidence. She told The Telegraph:

Throughout his marriage Diana has very much been in the picture. He gave the Duchess his mother’s engagement ring, they got married in the place where her funeral was held, and now this. There is a recurrent theme of making sure Diana is very much in his thoughts and in his heart, and I think this is a little way of including her.

The christening is going to be a big event -- and likely the first time that Queen Elizabeth will be photographed with three heirs. This will be the first time that a reigning monarch has been photographed with three heirs since Queen Victoria.

The infant heir's godparents haven't been announced yet, but they will before the ceremony. So far, only William's good friend Guy Pelly has been mentioned as a possible choice. But my guess is that Prince Harry and Kate's sister Pippa will probably join the lucky crew of six godparents.

Anyway, it's no surprise that Prince George is to be christened in such a lavish religious ceremony. The monarch is, after all, head of the Church of England, and appoints archbishops and bishops.

The Diana twist is a nice tribute that I'm sure the many Diana-lovers out there will appreciate.

Did your baby have a christening?

 

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Miriam Lynn Wright

i am somewhat ashamed to say no, neither of my sons have been christened.

Jess LW

I myself was baptized but no none of my kids were or are. I'd like for them to make that decision themselves someday. 

Mara K Rajput

Yes.  My son wore a gown made for his great-great grandfather!

Christine Webster-Miller

I'm so happy to hear that Prince William and Kate are having the christening where Princess Diane was before she was laid to rest.  Glad to see that Prince William is sharing the memories of his mother with Kate.

waity... waitykate

Diana would have loathed that nasty,lazy,do-nothing party girl skank, Waity Middleton.

nonmember avatar Karen

Yes. Both our children were Christened in our home town at St. John's Catholic Church. My daughter went on to make her Confirmation and my son his First Communion when we lived in Australia!

Sondra Best

Am I the only one who finds it a bit creepy, not endearing? "George, you were christened in the room where your dead grandmother's body stayed one night." Wouldn't "George, you were christened in the same place as your grandmother," be a bit less creepy?

Donna Moore

im glad they rember di that way i bet the pitbull face wife of charles hates that she should not even be part of the cermony or in the royal pics is becuause of her that di died she in not royal and should never be queen

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