Get ready for another monumental royal baby event! In less than one month, Kate Middleton and Prince William will gather with friends and family to christen their 2-month-old son, Prince George Alexander Louis, heir to the British throne.
"Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Prince George will take place on Wednesday, 23rd October at The Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace," Kensington Palace said in a statement on Friday, Sept. 27. "Prince George will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby."
A source tells Us Weekly the new parents chose the Chapel Royal over Buckingham Palace because "it just felt right" to them. "It's the right size and offers the intimacy they had in mind," the insider notes of the venue, which also hosted the christening of Elton John's son. It also happens to be the resting place of the Duke's late mother, Princess Diana, in the days before her funeral. "It has personal meaning to William," the source says.
As Us Weekly previously reported, christenings (unlike royal weddings) are traditionally reserved for approximately 60 relatives and friends. However, a source says that portraits of the blessed event (which is set to begin at 11:00 a.m.) will be released the following day.
During the brief liturgy, the Archbishop will ask the Duke and Duchess, along with Prince George's godparents, to gather around the 172-year-old baptismal Lily Font, which contains holy water from the River Jordan. There, the baby's spiritual guardians will pledge to raise the child to follow Christ.
(Though Prince George's godparents have not been announced, Prince William and Prince Harry each had six, while Prince Charles had eight.)
Afterward, Prince George will be anointed, as 16 choristers from the Chapel Royal serenade him with hymns. George's great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, the Church of England's Supreme Governor, will also be in attendance.
Like nearly every other royal baby since 1841, Prince George will don the lace-and-silk robe first created for Queen Victoria's son, the future King Edward VII. A replica of the much-worn gown was commissioned by the Queen in 2008.
Later, at the reception, the proud parents will serve the top tier of their wedding cake, which was frozen after their wedding at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.