Culture and Traditions

Christening of Prince George to be Marked by Commemorative Coins

Christening of Prince George to be Marked by Commemorative Coins
Bernadine Racoma

The christening of Prince George of Cambridge, firstborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been set on October 23, 2013. On that day the infant prince will be three months and one day old. HRH Prince George is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles, his grandfather (first in line) and his father William, the Duke of Cambridge (second in line). The Royal baby will be baptized at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace.

Welcome to the Christian faith

The Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the ceremony. On his baptism, the infant prince will be garbed in satin and lace gown of intricate design that is the replica of a gown made in 1841 for Victoria, the Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria. This gown was worn by James, Viscount Severn when he was baptized in 2008. James is the son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex. During the baptism of Prince George, his guardians will pledge to raise him in the Christian faith.

New mints for the royal baby

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the Queen have approved the three new coins that will mark the baptism of the youngest member of the royal family. The Royal Mint will release the special five-pound coins, the very first time that commemorative coins will be minted to mark a royal baby’s christening. The coins will be made of precious metals such as gold, silver, or a more affordable raw material. It is expected that the coin will sell for about a thousand dollars.

A private affair

The christening of the youngest member of the British royal family will be a private affair. The venue chosen is the chapel where the royal baby’s deceased grandmother, Princess Diana was brought. It was where her immediate family members said goodbye to her one day before she was laid to rest in 1997. Prince George’s father, grandfather, and the Queen were all baptized at Buckingham Palace.

The christening of the members of the British royal family has traditionally been a private event. Aside from Prince George’s proud parents, Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, those expected to be in attendance are his grandfather Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, and great-grandparents Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. His Middleton relatives are also expected. The closest friends of the family will be invited as well.

Third in line to the throne

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to his His Royal Highness Prince George on the 22nd of July, 2013 in London’s St. Mary’s Hospital. Upon his birth, he replaced Prince Harry, his uncle as the third in line to Queen Elizabeth II’s crown.

Although the christening is very private, photographs of the occasion will be released to the public. Many followers of the Royal family are expecting that a photograph of the present and three future British monarchs – the Queen with Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George will be forthcoming after the christening.

Photo Credit: Proud parents showing Prince George of Cambridge to the world

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