Prince George gets low-key christening


LONDON: Britain’s Prince George, the son of Prince William and his wife Catherine, will be christened on Wednesday in a private family ceremony far removed from the global media circus that surrounded his birth.

The Archbishop of Canter-bury Justin Welby, the head of the world’s Anglicans, will perform the christening at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace in London, Kensington Palace said.

George—who as third in line to the British throne is a future Supreme Governor of the Church of England and “Defender of the Faith”—was born on July 22 to the royal couple with the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Guests are expected to include Queen Elizabeth II, the young prince’s great-grandmother, and William’s father Prince Charles, although royal officials have only said that “close members of both families” will attend the baptism.

The choice of the Chapel Royal reflects William and Kate’s attempts to keep a low profile, as most senior British royals in recent history have been christened at Buckingham Palace, the queen’s official residence.

Kensington Palace, the couple’s official residence, said it was a “personal decision” to use the chapel for the service.



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