Prince George’s christening day

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Hooray for George NEW Bridgewater mugIt’s Prince George’s christening in London today – and the whole world is hoping for a glimpse of the royal baby.

A hardy band of well-wishers spent a rain-lashed night camped outside St James’s Palace (the ceremony will be held in the little known Chapel Royal there) and the photographers are out in droves.

According to BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt, the 45-minute service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be “a very private and intimate occasion,” with water from the River Jordan and a silver font made for Queen Victoria’s first child.

The excitement got me to thinking about my own children’s christenings – one at St Bride’s, the journalists’ church in Fleet Street, the other at a beautiful village church in Lancashire. I know christenings are going out of fashion (only a third of babies born each year are christened) but I reckon they are a brilliant way to celebrate the birth of your children. And choosing godparents is a vital part of it all.

One of my closest friends, my journalist pal Wendy Holden, is my son’s godmother and she has been an inspiration to him since the days when he was a blond toddler with a cheeky grin and a penchant for Thomas the Tank Engine.

One of the things (and there have been many over the years) that most endeared her to him was when he stayed at her house in Suffolk ten years ago.

Wendy sat him down and explained that being a godmother wasn’t just about her sending him presents – it was a “two-way thing.” So she jokily asked him what his end of the bargain was going to be. He thought long and hard and then declared that when he was 21 he’d collect her from her house on a motorbike and take her out to tea at the Ritz.

She stared at him in delight. “I’m definitely holding you to that one,” she said.

PS. With only two years to go till he’s 21 it’s about time he started saving if he’s going to fulfill that promise…

PPS. If you’re looking for a present to mark the birth of the young prince, I reckon this is definitely one of the prettiest. Emma Bridgewater has created a sweet half-pint mug festooned with pale blue hearts, a crown and the message “Hooray for George.”

STOP PRESS. Prince George’s godparents have been announced and there are SEVEN of them. Here’s the list: Zara Tindall, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, William van Cutsem, Oliver Baker, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Hugh Grosvenor and Julia Samuel. There will be a private tea at Clarence House afterwards with a christening cake made from a tier of William and Kate’s wedding cake.

5 comments so far

  • Oh Emma, thanks for this! As one of my friends was Kate’s midwife, I wonder if she’ll be going? I LOVE the cup..and will definitely look out for this one to add to my collection…
    I loved my children’s christening’s too, celebrations and time to surround your little one with loved one. I am godmother to my niece Francesca, whom I ‘caught’, and we have a special bond. Great post, as always Sheenax

  • Lovely post as always! And yes, I take my role as Godmother seriously…I’ve just bought my toddler twin nephews their first cricket set. Next up, bicycles!

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