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The Christening and Choosing of Godparents

Prince George's christening took place on Oct. 23 in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace, where he was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Prince William, Prince Charles, and Queen Elizabeth II were all christened at Buckingham Palace, and it's thought that William picked the Chapel Royal as a tribute to Princess Diana, since that's where her coffin was kept before her burial.

Although William and Kate shared their own snapshot for Prince George's first portrait, they hired Jason Bell as the official christening photographer. As far as the little one's christening gown, the couple kept with tradition. Since 1841, most members of the royal family have worn the same christening gown — a garment made for Queen Victoria's daughter Victoria. Here you can see Prince William sporting the family heirloom, and since the original deteriorated, Prince George wore a replica of the lace and satin gown.

The 45-minute ceremony included only 22 guests, and the prince's seven godparents were announced a few hours before it took place. The group includes Zara Tindall, William's cousin, plus one of the couple's college friends, Oliver Baker, and one of Princess diana's close friends, Julia Samuel.

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