Celebrating the christening of Britain's newest Royal

Wednesday 23 October 2013
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In July the world joined Britain in celebrating the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge; three months later the nation is now preparing to mark the future monarch’s christening. Prince George will be baptised in The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London today. Although the traditional ceremony is closed off to the public, it's a fine excuse for a party and there are countless spots across the UK ready to welcome royal watchers. Royal Britain In a break from royal precedence, the third-in-line to the throne will be christened in The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace as opposed to The Music Room at Buckingham Palace where both his father and grandfather’s ceremonies were held. Although the Chapel is not open for visitors – unless attending a Sunday service, the site of christenings past can be visited during the special winter opening of Buckingham Palace from December 6, 2013 – February 2, 2014. You can also now visit the new family’s home, Kensington Palace, and tour the public wing including The King’s and Queen’s State Apartments featuring toys and clothing of royal children. Westminster Abbey, the royal couple’s wedding venue, is open for tours with the new royal wedding commemorative plaque holding pride of place outside, unveiled in the summer of 2013 by George's uncle, Prince Harry. Outside of London, travellers in Wales can stroll the beaches of Anglesey, where Prince William and Kate lived for the first few years of their marriage, while those in Scotland must add St Andrews, the meeting place of his parents. Shopping While it's known that George will wear a replica of a 172-year old lace christening gown, worn by more than 30 royal babies including his father, his mother’s dress is at the centre of speculation. Will she wear McQueen, Packham or surprise everyone with a new designer? Regardless of the new mum’s chosen frock, “Kopy Kates” can head to high street shops in Knightsbridge and Oxford to repli-kate the duchess’ style. While Reiss, TopShop and L.K. Bennett are favourites for Kate, the new family heads to Blue Almonds for nursery décor and gifts for “Georgie.” Along on Regent Street visitors can head to Hamleys - the iconic toy store with a Royal Warrant – a location Her Majesty also received presents from as a child from and who has since gifted items from here to her children. The Royal Mint is also producing commemorative coins – approved by both The Queen and Prince William – marking the first time coins are being minted to mark a royal christening. Royal Cocktail Party Visitors looking to indulge in the celebration should head to The Goring, where Kate spent her last nights as a Middleton, for traditional afternoon tea or a champagne toast in the lounge. Revellers can also toast the youngest royal as his Uncle Harry did in July at The Brown Cow in Fulham or raise a glass at The Duchess of Cambridge in the new mum’s hometown of Berkshire, renamed in her honour after her wedding. Further out of the city, the newly named Prince George Pub in Watford, which received a special note from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after the name change, will host a christening bash at 8:30pm on the day. This is a guest post from Keep Calm and Harry On

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