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royal christening of prince george

The first photos of Prince George in his christening gown were posted on the Clarence House Twitter page Wednesday morning, Oct. 23.

Prince William held his three-month-old infant as photographers captured the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St. James Palace.

Twenty-two guests were invited to the private 45-minute ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the Chapel Royal.

Reading the two scripture lessons were Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, siblings of William and Kate.  The two hymns chosen for the christening were 'Breathe on Me, Breath of God,' and 'Be Thou My Vision.'

After the church service guests traveled to Clarence House for a celebratory party given by Prince George's grandfather Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in their private London residence.

The baby is third in line to the Royal throne behind Prince Charles and Prince William.  His great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is 87 and has worn the crown since 1953 when her father King George VI died.

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The young prince wore a handmade replica of the original royal christening robe.  The new lace garment was commissioned in 2004 by the Queen after the circa 1844 christening gown became too fragile.

Photo:  Twitter-Clarence House, Facebook-TODAY Show

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prince harry wild about cressida bonas

The British press claims that Royal playboy Prince Harry may soon be trading in his partying ways for marriage to his girlfriend Cressida Bonas.

According to recent reports coming out of London, Bonas has gotten over her early anxiety about marrying into the Royal family and an engagement announcement isn't far off.

Prince Harry, 29, has been in an 18 month on-off relationship with Cressie and it is now very much on.  They met during the summer of 2012 and stayed in contact by phone during his four month stint in Afghanistan.

Her mother is Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon, a banking heiress and daughter of the late 6th Earl Howe, godson of King Edward VII.

Bonas, 24, graduated from Leeds University and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire School of dance in London.  Her half-sister Isabella Calthorpe married Sir Richard Branson's son Sam in Africa earlier this year.  During the ceremony, Cressida sang the George Gershwin tune 'Love Is Here To Stay.'

Within the past two weeks Harry has stepped up his public appearances with Cressie.  The couple attended the Boodles Ball, a James Blunt concert and a London theater production of 'Book of Mormon.'

Now that Prince William and Duchess Kate are married with a child, it seems natural that the British media is looking for another big story to cover.  A Royal engagement followed by a wedding would certainly fit the bill nicely.

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kate rocks skinny jeans 5 weeks after giving birth

The Duchess of Cambridge stepped out with Prince William at her first post-baby event Friday in Anglesey, Wales, much to the delight of the Ring O'Fire Ultra Marathon crowd.

Kate Middleton was rocking black skinny jeans with a white print shirt and Ralph Lauren blazer and looked positively radiant just five weeks after giving birth to Prince George -- the future King of England.

She decided at the last moment to accompany William to the Holyhead Breakwater Country Park near their home for the start of a 135-mile coastal race that he agreed to kick off.

An onlooker reported on social media, "There was lots of laughter from the new parents as they did their walkabout.  Many locals thanked them for being there."

When asked about her newborn son, 31-year-old Kate responded, "He's very well.  He's sleeping at the moment."  She told another well-wisher, "He loves bright colors."

During a CNN interview recently, the new dad revealed, "He's a little bit of a rascal, put it that way.  But he's doing very well at the moment."

Check out more gallery images of Kate and William's outing below:


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duchess catherine and prince william with prince george

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, authorized the release of two family photos showing the future King of England, Prince George.

The Royal baby is swaddled in the same lacy blanket that covered him on the day his parents presented him to the world outside of St. Mary's Hospital in London on July 23.

Kate Middleton is holding the couple's son in both photos.  One shows them standing and in the other they are sitting on a blanket in the grass at the Bucklebury estate of her parents.

The second pic includes Tilly the retriever, a Middleton family pet, and Lupo, Will and Kate's cocker spaniel.

a sitting pose with prince george

The images were captured by Michael Middleton in early August in the garden of the home where he and his wife Carole raised their three children, Kate, Pippa and James.

Will and Kate moved in with the Middleton's for the first three weeks of George's life, before heading back to Wales, where the new dad is finishing up his stint as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

Prince William sat down for a CNN interview Sunday and had this to say about his first born child: "He's a little bit of a rascal and he's growing quite quickly, actually.  He's a little fighter -- he wriggles around quite a lot and he doesn't want to go to sleep that much."

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prince william accepts baby polo mallet

Prince William and his brother Prince Harry participated Saturday in the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire.

The polo match was the new father's first time away from Duchess Kate and Prince George and suffice it to say -- both of his family members occupied his thoughts during the charity event.

The Duke of Cambridge, 31, scored the winning goal for his team but claims his mind was not on the game.

prince william is in baby mode

He said, "I was in baby mode out there, thinking about nappies, I wasn't really in the zone."  As an afterthought, Prince William acknowledged that "it was good to get out of the house for the afternoon."

The future King seemed genuinely pleased when told there was a special gift for his son.  He mused, "It's not diapers, is it?  I've got to pick some up on my way home."

William seemed particularly pleased while inspecting a specially crafted mini polo mallet.  He thanked the charity and cautioned, "I've got to make sure I'm not too late getting back.  He really keeps us on our toes."

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, born 12 days ago, has spent the majority of his young life with his Royal parents at the home of commoners -- his maternal grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton.

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harry vows to be fun uncle

Reporters caught up with Prince Harry on Thursday at a charity event in London, and the Royal was more than happy to comment on the newest member of the family.

Prince William's younger brother revealed that when he met his nephew George Alexander Louis, the infant "was crying his eyes out, as all babies do."

The proud uncle gestured with his hands, "He is about this long, and this wide." Pics here.

Harry, who has a reputation for being adventurous, indicates he will do his part to make sure Prince George "has a good upbringing, and keeps out of harm's way and has fun."

While he plans to leave the major work of parenting to Prince William and Duchess Kate, he will be happy to do his part when called upon.

The Prince quipped, "I hope my brother knows how expensive my baby-sitting services are."

Check out his video remarks below:


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prince george alexander louis of cambridge

A press release from Kensington Palace has provided the last important detail surrounding the Royal birth of a son to Prince William and Duchess Kate on July 22.

The statement read: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.  The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."

After a night spent with his Royal parents at Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace, Prince George met his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.  The monarch stopped for a 30 minutes visit before heading to Balmoral Castle in Scotland for a summer holiday.

Not long after the Queen hit the road, Prince William and new mother Kate bundled up their newborn son and made a 55 mile trek west of London to stay with her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton in Bucklebury.

More photos of the new parents and baby here.

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first photo of the prince of cambridge

Prince William and Duchess Kate were dressed in baby blue as they showed off the newest member of the Royal family from the steps of St. Mary's Hospital at 7:15 p.m. London time, Tuesday evening.

The Duchess of Cambridge told reporters, "It was very emotional, it is such a special time."  Her husband added, "Very emotional, very special."

Regarding the big question of what the Royal couple will call their first born child, William responded, "We are still working on a name."

The former Kate Middleton held the heir to the throne when they first appeared, and later handed off their son to his father.

kate points at the baby daddy

Throughout the question and answer session, both parents appeared to be fighting back tears as they smiled broadly.

William and Kate quickly walked back into the hospital in order to buckle the infant into a car seat for the ride home to Kensington Palace.

The baby daddy carried the car seat to a waiting black vehicle, where he expertly installed the seat in back where the new mother was already waiting.

A close up view of the boy who will someday be King of England, is partially obstructed by Prince William's elbow but it is still a totally great first peek at the Prince.

close up of the boy who will be king

When the crowd realized that Prince William would be driving his new family back to the Royal palace, cheers and shouts rose.

Check out video of the Royal baby debut:


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grandparents visit royal baby at hospital

As the world anxiously waited to catch a first glimpse of Prince William and Duchess Kate debuting their Baby Prince of Cambridge on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, two sets of grandparents showed up to meet the Royal couple's first born son.

Arriving first were Michael Middleton and his wife, Kate's parents.  When they departed some time later, Carole Middleton briefly spoke to reporters.

The first time grandmother remarked, "He's absolutely beautiful.  They are both doing well.  We are absolutely thrilled."

At 5:25 p.m. London time, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla waved to the crowd as they walked up the hospital steps on their way to meet the newest heir to the throne.

As he was stepping back into his waiting vehicle, William's father told the crowd of well-wishers that his new grandson was, "Marvelous."

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duchess kate is in labor as london waits

After more than a week of Royal Baby Watch activities in London, an official statement on social media indicates that Duchess Catherine of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, is in the early stages of labor.

A Twitter message from @Clarence House proclaimed, "The Duchess travelled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge."

That was followed by this tweet, "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labor."

The brief messages were posted at 7:30 a.m. UK time, or 2:30 a.m. eastern time in the U.S., some 90 minutes after William and Kate arrived at the hospital in a two car entourage that traveled via side roads, entering through the Mary Stanford wing of the medical facility.

As planned, Prince William accompanied his wife to the hospital and is will be at her bedside throughout the labor and delivery.

Kate is being attended by the Queen's former gynecologist, Marcus Setchell, 69, who will head a delivery team that includes prominent surgeon, Alan Farthing - who could be called into service if a C-section becomes necessary.

When the Royal baby is born, a palace aid will leave the hospital with a Buckingham Palace letterhead document that has been signed by the medical team.  The information will be transported under police escort to Buckingham Palace, where it will be placed on an easel in the Palace forecourt.

The baby's birth will be marked by a 41-gun salute in Green Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.

Queen Elizabeth will receive the first official call from her grandson Prince William.  After other Royal Family members and the Middleton family are informed, the news will be posted on social media.

Initial information will include the gender of the baby, and may include birth weight and hair color.  It is expected that the name of the newborn will be withheld for a future announcement.

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