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The Duchess of Cambridge chose another Alexander McQueen style for today’s christening of Prince George.

John Stillwell/PA Wire

John Stillwell/PA Wire

His Royal Highness, George Alexander Louis, Prince of Cambridge was baptized in a ceremony at the Chapel Royal this afternoon. While most christenings of senior royals have taken place in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, Kate and William are said to have wanted a smaller, more intimate setting for the ceremony. The last member of the Royal Family baptized at this location inside St. James’s Palace is Princess Beatrice. The Chapel Royal holds special significance for William, it is where his mother’s coffin lay before her funeral. More from The Telegraph:

Just 22 guests were invited to the christening: seven godparents and six spouses, the Duchess’s parents and siblings, and the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

The baptism was performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. The BBC’s Peter Hunt shared this picture of the guest of honor.

Peter Hunt/BBC Twitter Feed

Peter Hunt/BBC Twitter Feed

Here we see the Middleton family arriving via The Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail and Mail Online

The Daily Mail and Mail Online

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles arriving. More from Richard Palmer’s story in the Express.

The royal party chatted for a few more minutes and Kate walked over to greet Philip, kissing him on both cheeks before curtseying quickly.

Splash News

Splash News

The Queen’s sky blue cashmere coat is by royal favorite Stuart Parvin. In this photo from Rose Gretton of Sky News you can just about see three generations of heirs to the throne: Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.

Rose Gretton, Sky News Twitter Feed (@RoseSkyNews)

Rose Gretton, Sky News Twitter Feed (@RoseSkyNews)

The ceremony and traditions are steeped in history, right down to the water used: it comes from the River Jordan. More from the Daily Mail’s Rebecca English.

Royal babies are christened in its waters, a tradition that dates back to King Richard I and is based on Christ’s immersion in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. Those in the know say that the only way to do this is to stick a bottle in the river and then filter it.

The Lily font used was commissioned by Queen Victoria.



As far as what Prince George wore, it is a replica of the gown worn by Queen Victoria’s daughter in 1841.  Details on the gown from British Vogue:

The white Spitalfields silk-satin gown, which has cap sleeves and a Honiton cotton lace overlay, was created to resemble the dress that Queen Victoria wore for her marriage to Prince Albert in 1840.

The garment has been worn by every monarch since Edward VII – and was also worn by Prince William and his father Prince Charles.

Over time the original satin and lace gown became increasingly fragile and the Queen’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly, created a replica.  The last royal to wear the original gown is Lady Louise Windsor in 2003, Edward and Sophie’s daughter. Here we see Prince George today and his father, Prince William, in 1982.

Prince George Christening Side by Side William Christening Splash L PA Right

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The list of godparents was released shortly before the ceremony. More from Yahoo! Shine:

  • Zara Tindall (more familiarly known as Zara Phillips) is Prince William’s cousin, married to former rugby pro Mike Tindall. The couple is expecting their first child around Christmas. Tindall is the only member of the royal family to be chosen as a godparent.
  • Olive Baker attended St. Andrews University with the duke and duchess.
  • Emilia Jardine-Paterson attended Marlborough College with the duchess. She runs an interior design firm under her maiden name, Emilia d’Erlanger, and is said to be helping the couple decorate their home at Kensington Palace.
  • Earl Grosvenor (first name Hugh) is the son of the Duke of Westminster.
  • Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton served as private secretary to William and Kate from 2005 to 2012 and continues to work for the palace part-time.
  • The Honorable Julia Samuel was a close friend of William’s mother, Lady Diana. She founded a nonprofit organization, Child Bereavement UK, which the duke supports.
  • William Van Cutsem is one of William’s oldest friends.His father Hugh, who passed away in September, was a very close friend of Prince Charles.

Richard Palmer of the Express wrote that one of Reverend Welby’s comments explained that “The parents and godparents of Prince George have a simple task to ‘make sure he knows who Jesus is.” Here is more from his story:

Inside the service, Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton both gave readings.

The two hymns at the service were Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision.

Two anthems were also performed at the service, including Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand, by Richard Popplewell, which was written for William’s own baptism on August 4 1982.

In a brief video about the christening Reverend Welby noted:

All babies are unbelievably special, not only royal babies…As a nation we are celebrating the birth of someone who in due course will be the head of state. That’s extraordinary.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at Clarence House after the ceremony. As is traditional, pieces from a tier of Kate and Williams wedding cake were served to guests.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Alexander McQueen look worked perfectly with George’s christening gown, something Kate no doubt thought of when planning today’s ensemble.



Kate’s garment is a customized version of the Alexander McQueen pieces seen below: on the left we show the actual RTW (ready to wear) piece that would have been sold for Spring 2012, Kate’s version today and the style as it looked on the runway.

PA Wire/Lyst

PA Wire/Lyst

A tip of the tiara to Perths Fashions for her help today.

This is not the first time Kate has worn a creamy white ruffled garment. Below we see her on Canada Day in the Nanette dress from Reiss (also worn for her engagement photo), the McQueen Tiered Coat worn for Trooping the Colour in 2011 and today’s McQueen look. It is tough to see the layers of ruffles in the Trooping coat.

Splash News/PA Wire

Splash News/PA Wire

Kate’s hat is the Georgie by Jane Taylor, the milliner describes it as “sophisticated sinamay beret with delicate silk organza rose and classic veiling trim”.

PA Wire/Jane Taylor Millinery

PA Wire/Jane Taylor Millinery

The hat retails for £755, approximately $1200 USD at today’s exchange rates.

Kate’s other accessories included her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings and her Park Avenues by Russell and Bromley.


Official photographs taken after the ceremony will be released tomorrow. They are being taken by celebrity photographer Jason Bell. More from the Guardian:

Best known for his portraits of rock, Hollywood and sporting “royalty”, Bell’s previous subjects have included footballer David Beckham, singers Robbie Williams and Paul McCartney, and actors Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson.

It is thought the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wanted a young and modern photographer for the historic pictures of their three-month old son.

The photographs will be taken after the ceremony, and are expected to feature four generations of the royal family with the Queen posing alongside the three heirs and future monarchs, Charles, William and George.

Mr. Bell was born in London and still lives there, as well as New York City. You might enjoy looking at an archive of his portraiture, you can see it here.



Another update to Kate’s Calendar: the 2nd Annual Winter Whites gala benefiting Centrepoint is confirmed for November 26 at Kensington Palace. Entertainment will be provided by Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi. Things kick off at 5:30pm with arrivals (presumably red carpet), followed by a private reception with William and Kate, the Royal Dinner and then the concert. William, longtime Centrepoint patron, will award Jon Bon Jovi the Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award. More information may be found here.

Hobbs, one of Kate’s preferred stores, recently expanded its e-commerce operations to include a US site, allowing those of us in the USA to see prices in $$$.

Hobbs/Splash/PA Wire

Hobbs/Splash/PA Wire

There is word that dates are being finalized for next year’s Tour of Australia and New Zealand.  According to the Daily Mail, Kate has already made arrangements for a hair stylist while there. If interested in seeing what services the salon offers, click here.

The Duchess of Cambridge has booked a hairdresser for her Australian tour with Prince William next year.

Sydney-based Joh Bailey, who tended to Princess Diana’s hair when she was in the country in 1996, has been enlisted to style Katherine’s while she is Down Under.

A reminder that Kate’s next appearance is tomorrow night, she will attend the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala at Kensington Palace. The event benefits Action on Addiction, one of her patronages.


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  52 Responses to “It’s Alexander McQueen and Jane Taylor for Prince George’s Christening”

  1. McQueen rarely disappoints. What a beautiful look for a memorable occasion. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the Duchess look so stunning, even on her wedding day. My one tiny quibble is the earrings… I would have worn the Kiki McDonough “Grace” earrings with this ensemble.

    • whole look was perfection—garment, color, hat, hair—the entire thing. I agree that I would have chosen other earrings, although my choice would have most likely been what she wore to the women in hedge fund dinner. I also think that all the photographs are lovely

  2. Wow! That baby actually looks like Henry VIII.

  3. Ahh…just amazing stills. It made me to remember my wedding time. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That handsome little Prince George! He will be a heartbreaker when he grows up, for sure!! It’s so cute, the picture of him staring at his great-grandmother Elizabeth. Both parents looks so delighted with their son—and everyone looks wonderful, in their christening ceremony clothing. God’s blessings to the Royal Family!

  5. The Duchess looks great here and this is one of my favourite outfits. The length is perfect too – just over knee. Fit and flare suits the Duchess and glad she got the jacket altered to remove excess ruffles. Cream (or its variations) is her favourite colour and the style too is not every different from some of the other outfits she has worn. She’s worn her favourite Sledge. All up it’s safe and very elegant.

  6. Hi! I see in one picture in a slideshow of the baptism arrivals posted by Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/10/23/duchess-of-cambridge-prince-george-christening_n_4149059.html) that Kate is wearing a watch (in the second picture). You unfortunately can’t see the face. Do you know what kind of watch Kate wears? Thank you! I love your blog!

  7. She looks fabulous!

  8. They all look so lovely. Never mind if Kate wore her citrine earrings – they are beautiful and suited her outfit perfectly.

  9. Just a little correction: Queen Victoria’s first child was born in 1840, not 1891.

  10. Out of curiosity, because I can’t see very well on my screen, what bag is the Queen using? Do we know?
    Lovely post, lovely pictures, I always look forward to updates on WKW!

  11. I love what Sarah Burton designs for the Duchess! It is always so flattering and well-thought out. You can definitely tell that she pulled designs from her wedding dress. I think she’s wearing the bone-colored pumps we first saw on their last tour about a year ago; I forget the brand. They’re simar to LKBennet’s “Sledge” but closer to an ivory/cream/white/bone than the Nude Sledge.
    I know Pippa isn’t the reason why we’re here, but I have to say that I don’t think her coat is flattering. She has a great figure that deserves more shapely designs.
    Thank you again for a great post! I’m looking forward to the gala at Kensington (2 posts in a row for my birthday!!).

  12. Hi There, great post. Kate look amazing! I noticed that the Telegraph quoted the year 1841 and not 1891 when Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter first wore the original gown.

  13. Oh, that is a sweet baby! I really cannot tell who he looks like with certainty, but, i am leaning toward William! Regardless, lovely family. They all put a smile on my face.

    Kate looks great. Her hair looked fabulous. Is it a shade lighter?

  14. I loved seeing the arrivals and departures. Everyone looked wonderful. I’m a little disappointed that Catherine didn’t wear a different pair of earrings or a gift from William as Diana wore her necklace from Charles celebrating William’s birth. Also, the queen today wore the brooch her parents had given her to mark the occasion of Charles’ birth. The suit seems a spectacular meshing of the Reiss dress and the McQueen coat and is somewhat reminiscent of the wedding gown. I definitely think that Prince George is the cutest baby I’ve seen in a long time (since my own were babies!), and I think that he has his mother’s eyes and coloring, but his nose and mouth are exactly as William’s were when he was a baby. What a fun day to royal watch.

  15. What a handsome little chub chub!! Georgie is so sweet and looks so well-behaved. Wonder if he managed to not cry during the ceremony, unlike his Daddy who cried most of the way through, if I remember correctly.

    I love Kate’s suit and beautiful hat. She looks fantastic and so appropriate for the occasion. I don’t think anyone can complain that the skirt was too short but I’m sure some will find something to complain about. But who cares? This was a lovely occasion and everyone looked wonderful.

    • Yes, I read somewhere that William’s christening time was not chosen to suit his schedule, so he was probably hungry.

  16. Ahhhhh! Love the ruffles, love the hat, and Kate looks lovely in it all. Prince George looks a sturdy little baby and less lace might have suited him better :) Nice to see him awake.

    Thanks for the link to the video with Archbishop Welby talking about baptism. I think he speaks so well and it’s always a pleasure to hear what he has to say. I found this video clip very moving.

  17. Also, I believe it is William Van Cutsem not Custem. Very easy to mistype.

  18. I thought the entire outfit Kate chose was beautiful, befitting her historic role, and her own style. Am I the only one who noticed a suggestion of a nod to Princess Diana’s white ruffled wedding dress? I think The dress Kate wore was elegant and simple, with a bit of whimsy in the soft ruffles, and the full blown rose on her hat. Most important of all, the dress did not steal the show from baby George, but complemented his beautiful christening robe. The focus was on the baby, and they just seemed to flow together beautifully.
    Welcome to the world, George, and God bless!

    • I’m afraid I disagree. If she’d meant to make any nod to Diana’s unfortunate wedding dress, she would have made it in her own. I see no relationship here. The Duchess’s taste in clothing is so different from Diana’s, and I just can’t think of any reason to suggest Diana’s wedding dress in an outfit the Duchess chose to wear to a christening.

      Perhaps if she’d made a nod to the dress and hat Diana wore to William’s christening….

      I do apologize, but I’m getting a little tired of the constant search for “Diana references”. This couple do have their own lives and their own tastes, and I’m sure they want to get on with their lives without having to deal with continual references to William’s mother. William doesn’t seem to be obsessed with his mother, and his wife certainly isn’t his mother. She is very different, fortunately, she is very much her own person. I wish we could simply would treat her that way.

      • Amen! Thank you.

        If William and Kate spent the amount of time obsessing about “tributes to Diana” that her internet fans do, it would be very unhealthy. Especially for William. I’m sure he will never forget or stop missing his mother, but he has a full and happy life and that would not be the case if he was as obsessed as people want him to be with memorializing Diana in everything he does and everything his wife wears.

      • Amen sister – I suspect it was all about what would work with the christening gown since it would be front and center for the photos. You sum it up perfectly here – two very, very different women.

      • Totally agree. The Diana references are bordering on obsessive. Diana has been gone for many years now. Let it rest, please.

  19. I always check your blog in anticipation of the next royal event, and you offer such wonderful coverage. Kate is always stunning, and this outfit is beautiful, but I often wish she would take a risk now and then, and add a bit of color or try a trend. Maybe not for a religious event of great importance like this, but for other public appearances. Her look is truly classic, but I’d love to see her in something of the moment, too.

    • You’re so right about Diana’s dress. I was thinking it was rather like the back of Catherine’s, but I can see what you mean! I also loved the hat, especially since it is called “the Georgie.”

  20. So, McQueen get to scoop both the wedding and No 1 christening. Nice work. Immaculate tailoring gives the outfit and all its ruffles both fluidity and fit, and makes just possible the extra soft pleating on the skirt, as against the slimmer catwalk version.

    I love that simple neckline on Kate, and the creamy ivory looks sensational on her. And how diplomatic of the Duchess to complement the christening outfit and leave the wearing of little-boy-blue to the Queen.

    Kate’s hair looks good, although I think that’s the first time I’ve caught a glimpse of an exposed hairgrip, and as always she knows how to choose and wear a hat. The cream pumps are great — and almost look new, unless that’s wishful thinking on my part! She looks fabulous.

    • Oh, joy unconfined! The shoes really are a change from the much-worn L K Bennetts — instead the christening has brought out her Russell and Bromley Park Ave pumps. Thank heavens for George if he can finally inspire a fresh (or fresher-looking) pair of shoes!

  21. Sorry to be a pain but it is just wrong that you have listed Duchess of Cornwall as “Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles” – she is no longer Parker-Bowles as she is no longer married to Andrew Parker-Bowles and is now a “Windsor”. Just as Catherine is no longer “Kate Middleton”. Love your site though x

  22. I thought everyone looks very appropriate, elegant and– most importantly– joyful!

    I do have a question for all you WKW-ers… how do you think the “please wear a blue or cream dress” memo got around to all the primary people? I know Emilia wore black, but the family members all wore a variation of cream (Kate, Pippa, Camilla, Carole’s dress) or blue (HMQEII, Carole’s coat, Zara).

  23. In his early photos, I thought George looked like William, but now I see both of his parents in his face. Very cute baby, and seemingly well-behaved!

    As much as I wanted to see little George, I really wanted Kate to hand him off so that we could see her suit! The best glimpse comes when she walks over to greet the DoE. I think it’s an elegant and sophisticated look for such a special occasion. I look forward to seeing more of the details (either in the official photos or when Kate wears this suit again – gotta love her for that!).

    Again, she’s wearing a watch. That’s 2 appearances in a row. It must have been a gift.

    • I’m afraid I thought I saw a likeness to Queen Victoria in those chubby cheeks!

      • I read the same thing elsewhere, but I just don’t see the resemblance to Victoria. I do see a resemblance to baby Kate, though. She had chubby cheeks, too. :)

        • I got a surprise when I saw the same comparison over on DM online — DM follows WKW? Oh well — to be perfectly honest the one person I think all babies look like at this stage is Winston Churchill, who, I think we can feel 100% confident features in none of the family lineage of the assembled company above!

    • I don’t have children, but I imagine the watch must be a new accessory now that she has to keep up with someone else’s (George’s) meal and nap times. That seems like the most logical explanation to me; however, I don’t have children so it’s a guess!

  24. You mixed up the order of George’s given names at the beginning of the post — very Diana of you :)

  25. Kate looks gorgeous in this McQueen piece! Baby George looks just like his dad! I’m so glad they chose Zara as a godparent. I also like that they chose a catholic and that they honoured Williams’s mother Diana by making one of Diana’s closest friends A godparent. I was surprised to see that Harry and pippa were off the list.
    What a gorgeous day how happy gorgeous William and Kate look and I look forward to tomorrow’s official portraits with HM.

    • Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton are already this child’s uncle and aunt and will have a lifelong connection to him in those capacities. They didn’t need to be godparents, too. I suspect that was the parents’ reasoning.

      I’ve been amused by comments on whom the baby resembles. About half of them say the Duke and about half the Duchess. I think he looks much like the Duchess in her baby photos, except that he has darker eyes. (Hers are green, I believe.) It looks as though he may have inherited his coloring from his maternal grandfather, Michael Middleton, who was very dark-haired before going gray.

      • Yes very true Lili that is good reasoning why the siblings were not chosen. I do see the middleton side in the child but definitely see william’s features and he is a big boy size wise as William was at that age. Cheers!

  26. This is an elegant and entirely suitable look for a royal duchess and princess to wear to her son’s christening, though it’s not entirely to my taste. I’m glad the number of ruffles on the jacket was reduced, since my design aesthetic is rather minimalist and I’m not a huge fan of ruffles, but I would have preferred a slim, pencil skirt to a full one. Perhaps the Duchess thought the effect would be too similar to that of the Reiss cream silk Nanette dress.

    However, the fit is impeccable, and the ivory silk works wonderfully well with the christening robe — a beautiful look.

    I’d prefer the fascinator without the rose, simply with the netting, but that’s a minor quibble.

    All in all, a success, I think.

    • Minimalist is certainly not a term one might associate with the naturally effusive late McQueen. His is a hard act to follow, and it must be a temptation to re-work some of his trademark details, like those ruffles. Trouble is, with repetition, I think they start to look a little dated. I was glad to see Burton & Co striking out in some fresh directions in the spring collection featured here a couple of posts ago.

      • No, McQueen couldn’t be called minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, but the Duchess’s taste isn’t so far from my own, and Sarah Burton has produced some reworked designs for her that Alexander McQueen himself would probably have found utterly yawn-inducing. The recent collection was largely unwearable, in my view, but as I commented, it will be very interesting to see what permutations of it show up on the Duchess’s back.

        It occurs to me that this jacket could be worn to nice effect over a slim black or navy pencil skirt. I’ll be interested to see whether she recycles it that way. I would.

        • I think my own interest in the Burton spring collection was not so much in what I agree is the unwearable nature of many a catwalk creation, but rather in how it might filter down to the Duchess’s own choices. I very much admire the way Kate often chooses to remain safely in classic mode, but still manages to give a nod to designer creativity.

  27. Loved Kate in McQueen again – she looked fantastic!


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