World gets second glimpse of Prince George

Britain’s baby Prince George has been christened in a private ceremony, with his parents Prince William and Kate giving the world a rare glimpse of the chubby three-month-old boy.

Wearing a frilly cream lace gown, the third in line to the throne was carried into the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace by his father, his mother Kate close by, elegant in a cream Alexander McQueen outfit.

Queen Elizabeth II and the couple’s parents and siblings, including William’s younger brother Prince Harry, were among 22 guests at the ceremony, including seven newly- named godparents.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the world’s Anglicans, performed the baptism. Television pictures showed the light-haired George Alexander Louis appearing wide awake and calm. He even gave the semblance of waving at the 87-year-old queen, his great-grandmother, when his father moved his arm up and down.

“He’s all ready,” William, 31, told the assembled party, which included his father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, adding: “So far so good.”

The relatively low-key ceremony reflects the fact that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want their son to have a relatively normal upbringing and have closely guarded his privacy. He has only appeared in public once before, when they left hospital after his birth on July 22.

The couple broke with tradition by naming only one royal, William’s cousin and champion horserider Zara Philips, among the godparents, with the others being childhood, university and work friends.

The ceremony welcomes Prince George into the Church of England, which he is destined to lead as future king and “defender of the faith”.

Harry and Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton both read passages from the Bible.

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