Kate Middleton, Prince William: George's christening on 23 October

Published Friday, Sep 27 2013, 16:14 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that their baby son Prince George will be christened on Wednesday, 23 October.

Proud parents Kate and Prince William welcomed their first son on 22 July at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London.

Prince William and Kate Middleton informal pictures of Prince George, released 19 August 2013

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Kate and William with George in a photo taken by Kate's dad Michael and released on 19 August 2013.

They confirmed today that he will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace. There's no word yet on who the godparents will be.

Two-month-old Prince George is the third in line to the throne following his father Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles.

His full title is His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis.

Since his birth, Kate and William have largely kept Prince George away from the limelight. The only glimpses we've had of the little boy so far were the day after his birth when Kate left the hospital, and two photographs taken by Kate's father, Michael Middleton, and released by the palace this summer.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a baby boy, London, Britain - 23 Jul 2013

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Kate and William posing with their newborn son outside St. Mary's Hospital on 23 July 2013.

It's thought that Kate and William recently took Prince George to visit his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, at Balmoral.

Prior to their trip, Philip was the only senior royal not to have met the child. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall both visited him at the hospital, while The Queen and Prince Harry met him at Kensington Palace a few days later.

Prince Charles and Camilla were also believed to be staying near Balmoral, which meant this gathering of royals could mark the first time three future monarch have been pictured with the current monarch.

Tusk Conservation Awards, London, Britain - 12 Sep 2013
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

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Kate and William made their first red carpet appearance since George's birth in London on 12 September 2013.

Kate has yet to speak publicly on motherhood but William has made no secret of how much he is loving his new role as a father.

In an interview with CNN earlier this month, he said: "I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience. Something I never thought I would feel myself. And I find, again it's only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now."

Prince George's first photocall in pictures: