LONDON: Three generations of future British kings will gather on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for the low-key christening of Prince George, the son of Prince William and his wife Catherine.
Current monarch Queen Elizabeth II will also be present for the third-in-line prince’s baptism, where she will be joined by heir apparent Prince Charles and second-in-line William.
But the ceremony, to be held at the Chapel Royal in London’s Saint James’s Palace, will be hidden from the world’s media.
Royal officials have said that only “close members of both families” will attend the baptism, reflecting William and Catherine’s belief in keeping their son out of the spotlight.
The service will be conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the head of the world’s Anglicans, who called it “the next hugely important moment” in the young prince’s life.
George—who is a future Supreme governor of the Church of England and “Defender of the Faith”—was born on July 22.
Celebrity photographer Jason Bell—known for his portraits of Beatle Paul McCartney, footballer David Beckham and Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson—has been given sole responsibility for the official pictures.
The award-winning photographer will take the shots at Clarence House, the home of William’s father Prince Charles, following Wednesday’s service.
The pictures are expected to gain iconic status, showing four generations of monarchs together.
The last time such a photograph was taken was in 1894 at the christening of the future king Edward VIII, showing the infant with his father, later king George V, grandfather, the future king Edward VII, and great-grandmother, queen Victoria.