Prince George is now officially christened with the waters of the River Jordan. River Jordan water has been recognized for its health benefits and magic qualities since bible days. The event marks the official admission of the tiny baby, now three months old and third in line to the British throne, to the Church of England.
The godparents number seven and are all friends of the family except for one royalty. Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton had been considered but their role as uncle and aunt were seen to be sufficient. The only royal godparent is Zara Philips, the Queen’s eldest granddaughter.
For every Christian baby the baptism is a meaningful event. More so for the future King of England. Every effort was made by parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, to make the event private but meaningful. Anglicans throughout the country followed the plans and event and were encouraged to reconnect to their religion in the same way.
The christening was held at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in a small room that had space for 50. The invitation list announced a guest list of just 21. This was to be a family event, not a royal extravaganza and the Queen has given her blessing to these more cost effective gatherings. The younger members of the royal family accepts their role is not to lavish money on a lifestyle which the common people could never achieve. The days where royalty coddled themselves in their elite and expensive castles are gone forever.
At the same time Prince William must feel the loss of his mother most poignantly at the christening of his first child. Princess Diana would have been the perfect grandmother if it were not for her tragic and untimely death in 1997. Wanting to respect the sadness that accompanies this happy day, the royal couple had limited guests and well wishers to the event.
Royal family in attendance included the Queen of England and Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and his wife and Prince Harry. The Middleton family was delighted to attend, both Carole and Michael Middleton and their other two children Pippa and James. Prince Harry was not allowed to bring his shy girlfriend, Cressida Bonas and Pippa was not allowed to bring her fiancée, Nico Jackson. Fashion choices were high and cream was the choice color, most elegantly by Prince Charles’s wife, the Duchess of Cornwall who wore a cream georgette dress and cream bouclé coat both by designer Fiona Clare. The Duchess of Cambridge wore an ivory crepe skirt and jacket.
All photographs were taken by Jason Bell. The Duchess of Cambridge was enthusiastic to record the event in a glamorous but intimate environment. The pictures speak for themselves and include a picture that memorializes the Queen with the three next in line to the throne, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George. The Queen is wearing a brooch that was given to her by her mother on the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. Another picture shows the cake that was actually a tier from the wedding cake of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Two additional tiers were frozen and await the birth of Prince George’s siblings which are no doubt on the cards.
The baby was christened, Prince George Alexander Louis and magic River Jordan water was poured on his head by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Press reported that the dignitaries at Buckingham Palace had run out of this superior liquid and that ordinary London tap water would be substituted. Recognizing that water that feeds London’s drinking and toilet systems is less than suitable for a King-to-be, a more elegant royal decision was made to gather water as per previous christenings, directly from the River Jordan.
The River Jordan runs 156 miles through Mediterranean countryside before trickling into the iconic Dead Sea. The River Jordan is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus of Nazareth. Blessed with history, longevity and a breathtaking location, the waters of the River Jordan are still recognized for their healing properties. Thus it was this water that the Archbishop of Canterbury poured onto the tiny head of Prince George.
Prince George’s christening with magic River Jordan water was a well publicized event throughout the globe. Was the christening a success for the British Monarchy and the subjects of the United Kingdom? Nanny Val, a lifelong royalist summarized the feeling for many when she said, “This was a rare opportunity. Four generations of British Kings hasn’t been seen in one palace since the days of Queen Victoria and Prince George behaved impeccably. It makes you proud to be English!”
By Vicky Judah