One thing we know for sure: Kate Middleton and Prince William’s son Prince George of Cambridge will be all dressed up in satin and lace for his christening. While we don’t yet know when the royal baby’s christening will happen, it is suspected that the little one will be christened in September or October, once the Queen returns to London from her summer vacation at Balmoral.
According to Us Magazine, the royal heir will be christened in a gown first worn by the Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841. The original christening robe, made of delicate satin with intricate lace work, was crafted specifically for Queen Victoria. It has been used for generations of royal babies, including King George VI, the Queen's father, the Queen herself, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry.
The Queen commissioned a replica of the gown in order to preserve the historic original, and it was first used by the son of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Viscount Severn, in 2008. The new robe was created by Angela Kelly, the Queen's royal dresser, with help from the dressmakers of Buckingham Palace. Just like the previous ensemble, it features a long skirt, an elaborate collar, and a bow. Given the significance of Kate and William's son as the future sovereign of England, it is expected that Prince George will don the original.
Christenings in the royal family are typically conducted privately, with only friends, godparents, and family in attendance, when the baby is a few months old. The Archbishop of Canterbury usually performs the religious ceremony, which in the past has been held in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. William's ceremony took place there, while Prince Harry was christened in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Traditionally, a photograph of the baby in its christening robe is released to the media afterwards.
It’s too soon to know whether Kate and William plan to break with tradition and try something new. St. James Palace told Vogue that there’s no standard protocol that the new parents must adhere to. As for godparents, they usually have close ties to the royal family, and most royal babies usually have five or six of them. Prince William has six, including ex-King Constantine of Greece, and the Queen’s lady in waiting, Susan Hussey. The baby’s uncles, Prince Harry and James Middleton, top the list for baby George’s godfather contenders, while most think that Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton will be a godmother. William’s close friends from school are also considered possible candidates.