Four generations of royals gather as Prince George is baptized

  • Updated: October 23, 2013 - 6:48 PM
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Queen Elizabeth greeted great-grandson Prince George before his baptism while his proud parents looked on.

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– Dressed in a lace and satin baptismal gown designed in the 1840s, Britain’s 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George, was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare gathering of four generations of the royal family.

Queen Elizabeth quietly ceded the spotlight to her rosy-cheeked great-grandson. The private affair at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace was also attended by grandfather Prince Charles and the queen’s 92-year-old husband, Prince Philip, who has been recuperating ­following serious abdominal surgery.

George, who was born on July 22, wore a replica of a christening gown made with exquisite antique lace for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, and first used in 1841. When his father, Prince William, was christened in 1982, he wore the original gown — by then well over a century old — but the garment has become so fragile that a replica was made.

The infant, who will head the Church of England when he becomes king, was baptized with water from the River Jordan by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. As trumpets blared, baby George arrived at the chapel in his father’s arms with his mother by their side.

Duchess Kate, smiling broadly on her way into the chapel, wore a cream-colored Alexander McQueen dress and a hat by milliner Jane Taylor, with her long hair brushed to the side. Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her sister, Pippa, and brother, James, were also at the ceremony. Pippa Middleton read from the Gospel of St. Luke and Prince Harry from the Gospel of St. John.

Afterward, Charles and his wife, Camilla, hosted a tea for the royal party at their Clarence House residence, where desserts included a “christening cake” with a tier taken from William and Kate’s wedding cake.

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