Kensington Palace announces christening date as October 23

‘Prince George will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.’

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are expected to attend the christening along with the Prince of Wales, who has become a grandfather for the first time, and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate’s family – parents Carole and Michael Middleton and siblings Pippa and James – are likely to be invited along with the Prince’s godparents, who have not been publicly named.

The christening will be a private event with photographs released afterwards of William, Kate and their son, together with senior royals.

Kensington Palace said ‘close members of both families’ would attend but the names of senior guests would be released at a later date.

The release of a rare family picture will accompany the christening – a monarch and three heirs to the throne.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said he was looking forward to welcoming Prince George into the ‘family of the church’ in a statement released today



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