Prince George of Cambridge's royal christening

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Prince George of Cambridge

Prince George of Cambridge, the first child of Prince William and his wife Kate, was christened at Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace in front of family and friends. See gallery

Prince George was christened on Wednesday, Oct. 23 by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, at Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace. Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, chose seven godparents for their firstborn son. The ceremony featured two hymns, two readings (given by Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry) and two anthems, including "Blessed Jesu! Here We Stand," which was written for Prince William's christening in 1982.

The infant prince wore a replica of an intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter and first used in 1841. After the ceremony,  Prince Charles and his wife Camilla hosted a private tea at their Clarence House residence, where cake from Prince William and Kate's wedding was served, according to tradition.

In this photo: Prince George is held by his father Prince William as they arrive at Chapel Royal for the christening of the 3-month-old prince.

Read more: Prince George christened with River Jordan water

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Proud mother

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, carries her son Prince George after his christening. Kate was dressed in cream to match her 3-month-old son. One of the prince's godparents is Emilia Jardine-Paterson, who attended the exclusive Marlborough College with Kate.

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Proud father

 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, arrives holding his son Prince George at Chapel Royal ahead of the baby's christening by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Greeting the Queen

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks with Prince William and his wife Kate as they arrive with their son Prince George for his christening. Britain's 3-month-old future monarch was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London.

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The great grandparents

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, arrive to attend the christening of their great grandson, Prince George of Cambridge.

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A royal fan salutes

Royal fan William Wallace poses in front of St. James's Palace before the christening of Prince George in London on Oct. 23, 2013.

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Witnesses to history

Despite the wet weather, fans began waiting outside the palace as early as Tuesday morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal family as they entered the chapel.

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Chapel Royal

Prince George was christened at Chapel Royal in St. James's Palace, which has a special resonance for Prince George's father, Prince William. In 1997, the coffin of William's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, lay in the chapel before her funeral. One of Diana's close friends, Julia Samuel, was selected as a godparent for Prince George.

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Royal fan

Veteran royal family fan Terry Hutt poses in full regalia outside St. James's Palace.

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The altar

Princess Beatrice was the last well-known royal baby to be christened at St. James's Palace, in December 1988. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married there in 1840 and their marriage certificate hangs on the wall in the vestry. Beneath the flagstone floor of the chapel lies whatever is left of the heart of Mary I, who died in 1558.

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Giant christening card

Peter Kerridge, the chief executive of Premier Christian Radio, poses outside St. James's Palace with a giant christening card signed by 5,000 well-wishers.

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Gold and silver coins

A gold and silver coin made by the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales, to commemorate Prince George's christening. The designs were approved by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen and George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer. Both coins feature the lily font, swags of lilies and two harp-playing cherubs. The motto at the foot of the coins is the traditional DIEU ET MON DROIT, "God and my right," which is the motto of Prince George's great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Royal supporter

Royal supporter John Loughrey poses outside St. James's Palace with a homemade banner.

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Foot gaurd

A foot guard marches outside St. James's Palace.

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