A look back at past royal christenings as Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for baby George's baptism

hellomagazine.com When Prince William and Kate Middleton's son Prince George is christened on 23 October in St James's Palace it will be the first baptism of an eventual heir to the throne in 31 years.

So it will inevitably be an exciting and historic day for the whole country as well as a joyous family affair.



Christenings are the one royal occasion that are conducted in private, giving rise to some unusually tender and relaxed images.

Click on the photo for a gallery of past ceremonies, from William's own christening where Princess Diana tried to keep him calm with the tip of her finger to the Queen's, with her parents then the Duke and Duchess of York looking on.

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