LONDON—Britain’s three-month-old future monarch, Prince George, was christened yesterday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London.
George, the son of Prince William and his wife, Kate, was christened by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace.
He arrived at the chapel in his father’s arms with his mother by their side, and appeared to wave at his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, although it really was a case of William moving his son’s hand up and down.
Kate, smiling broadly on her way into the chapel, wore a cream-coloured dress and matching hat with her long hair brushed to the side.
William wore his customary dark suit and tie as he proudly carried their child.
The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, attended the event, along with Prince Charles, his wife, Camilla, Prince Harry, and other royals.
Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her sister, Pippa, and brother, James, also were there.
Pippa Middleton read from the Gospel of St. Luke while Prince Harry read from the Gospel of St. John, palace officials said.
The two hymns were “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” and “Be Thou My Vision.”
Palace officials said water from the River Jordan—where Christians believe Jesus Christ was baptized—would be used for the christening.
The river’s waters often have been used to make the sign of the cross on the heads of royal infants.
Some royal watchers camped outside the palace for more than 24 hours to obtain a good vantage point for watching the guests arrive, but the ceremony was private.
William and Kate hired photographer Jason Bell to take official pictures, which are expected to include a historic multi-generational photograph of the Queen with three future monarchs: her son, Charles, her grandson, William, and her great-grandson, George.
The official photographs were expected to be released to the public today.