archbishops of canterbury


The second born child and only daughter of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge was born on May 2, 2015 at 8:34am BST at Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital weighing 8lbs 3oz. Her Royal Highness is fourth-in-line to the throne; and on May 4, 2015, it was announced that the new Princess would be named HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Princess Charlotte was christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church by the Archbishop of Canterbury on July 5, 2015.

Happy 2nd Birthday, HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge!
ISIS Claims 2 Deadly Explosions at Egyptian Coptic Churches on Palm Sunday
The bombings, which killed at least 40 people and injured dozens of others, happened weeks before Pope Francis was to visit Egypt
By Magdy Samaan and Declan Walsh

Two explosions at Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday left at least 40 people dead and injured dozens of others as a day of worship in the besieged Christian community turned to destruction and carnage.

The first blast ripped through St. George’s Church in northern Egypt in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, 50 miles north of Cairo, during a Mass about 9:30 a.m., according to an official from the Health Ministry. The deputy minister of health put the death toll at 27.

Hours later, a suicide bomber set off an explosion outside the main Coptic church in Alexandria, St. Mark’s Cathedral, killing at least 13 — including three police officers — and injuring 21 others, the Health Ministry said.

The explosions followed a number of attacks by Islamic State militants targeting Egypt’s minority Christians. And on Sunday, the group claimed responsibilty for both bombings.

An online statement shared by sympathizers and attributed to the militants said: “A security detachment of the Islamic State carried out the attacks against the two churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.”

The bombings happened weeks before Pope Francis was to visit Egypt, and a week before Easter.

The second attack took place while worshipers at St. Mark’s were leaving at the end of Palm Sunday Mass. The service had been led by the Coptic pope, Tawadros II. The pope had already left when the explosion happened.

Photos from St. George’s circulating on social media showed scenes of blood and devastation inside. Initial reports said that the explosion occurred in the pews near the front of the church, and that many of the dead were children.

A security official told the state news agency they believed the blast had been caused by an explosive device planted inside the church.

After the first blast, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi ordered military hospitals to treat the injured, Sky News Arabia reported.

Eyewitnesses said that an angry crowd outside the church in Tanta attacked a young man they accused of being involved in the attack.

After that explosion, the provincial governor, Ahmad Deif, told the state-run Nile News channel, “Either a bomb was planted or someone blew himself up.”

Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, account for about 10 percent of Egypt’s population, which is predominantly Sunni Muslim.

In December, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a chapel in the grounds of St. Mark’s Cathedral, the main Coptic Church in Cairo, killing at least 28 people.

In February, hundreds of Christians fled northern Sinai, where the Egyptian Army is fighting a local Islamic State affiliate, following a targeted campaign of violence and intimidation.

In 2011, a suicide bombing ripped through a throng of worshipers outside a Coptic Christian church in the port city of Alexandria, killing at least 21 people in one of the worst attacks against Egypt’s Christian minority.

Earlier this month, an explosion near a police training center in the Nile Delta city injured 13 officers.

Francis’ planned trip to the country is seen as an opportunity to improve ties between Christians and Muslims. The pontiff is to visit with Mr. Sisi; the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church; and the grand imam of Al Azhar, a 1,000-year-old mosque and university that is revered by Sunni Muslims.

In a news conference to provide details about the trip on Friday, the Catholic archbishop of Egypt, Bishop Emmanuel, said that the pope’s pending journey was a signal that Egypt is safe for visitors.

On Sunday, Francis said in response to the first bombing: “We pray for the victims of the attack carried out today, this morning, in Cairo, in a Coptic church.”

He called the leader of the Coptic Christians his “brother” and expressed his “deep condolences” to the church and the Egyptian nation.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also responded in a post on Twitter: “As we come to Easter, pray for victims, the justice of the cross, hope & healing of resurrection.”

In a Twitter post, a spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said, “Terrorism hits Egypt again.”


the royal meme -  royal moments [1/15]

Victoria turned 18 on 24 May 1837, and a regency was avoided. Less than a month later, on 20 June 1837, William IV died at the age of 71, and Victoria became Queen of the United Kingdom. In her diary she wrote, “I was awoke at 6 o'clock by Mamma, who told me the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting-room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen." 

Above: famous 19th century sketch of the meeting; The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt dramatising the scene


2 May 1816 – Wedding of Princess Charlotte of Wales and Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

In the evening, while Leopold held a dinner for few gentlemen at Clarence House, Charlotte went down to Buckingham House, dined with the Queen and then went upstairs to change into her wedding dress. Outside the escort of Lifeguards assembled, and the band of the Coldstream Gards and a guard of honour from the Grenadier Guards marched down to the courtyard of Carlton House. Inside Carlton House, guests were assembling beneath huge, hot, low-hanging chandeliers in the heavily gilded Crimson Drawing Room, where the ceremony was to be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Just before nine o’clock, Charlotte came out of Buckingham House, climbed into an open carriage and drove the short distance down the Mall with the Queen sitting beside her and her aunts Augusta and Elizabeth sitting opposite. “Bless me, what a crowd”, she said. Charlotte’s dress cost over £10,000. It was a white and silver slip, covered with transparent silk net embroidered in silver lamé with shells and flowers. The sleeves were trimmed with Brussels lace, and the train, which was six feet long, was made of the same material as the slip and fastened like a cloack with a diamond clasp. She wore a wreath of diamond leaves and roses, a diamond necklace and diamond earrings, both of which had been given to her by her father, and a diamond bracelet that had been given by Leopold. 

The ceremony was short and dignified - except for Charlotte’s slight giggle when Leopold promised to endow her with all his worldly goods. When it was over, Charlotte and Leopold stayed only long enough for the guests to drink their health. Then they left to change. Church bells pealed. Bonfires were lit. Field guns cracked their salute in St James’s Park, and far down river the cannons at the Tower of London boomed. 

Charlotte & Leopold: the true romance of the Prince Regent’s daughter by James Chambers.

The Patronage of the Cult of St Thomas Becket by Henry II’s Daughters | Matilda of Saxony, Leonor of England, Joan of England 

«The Anglo-Castilian connection in this period is also represented by the queen’s efforts to  cleanse  her father’s  memory  after the murder of Thomas Becket. Leonor had  married  Alfonso [VIII of Castile] only a few months before the murder of the archbishop of Canterbury in his own cathedral, events that left Christian Europe in shock. News of his brutal assassination caused immediate reaction all over  Europe and must  have  soon reached  the  Castilian court  and Leonor’s ears.  Her  father was  blamed  for the  prelate’s  murder and the mighty king  of  the  English  was brought  to  his knees  through  public repentance  and  expiation. But  soon  after Becket’s horrid death, Henry II’s expiation turned into veneration and so the martyr of Canterbury – canonised in 1173 – having been a victim of Plantagenet wrath was then becoming an object of Plantagenet piety and devotion.

Kay Brainerd Slocum has studied the spread of the cult in Europe due to the patronage of Henry’s daughters and  has  suggested that  the  queen of Castile «departing from  the  usual  practice, wished to establish her own very close connection, and that of her natal family, to the Canterbury martyr». The wonderfully coloured prayerbook of Henry of Saxony and Bavaria, married to Matilda of England, and the stunning mosaics of Monreale in Sicily, commissioned during the  queenship of her youngest sister, Joan, bear witness to  the agency  of  Henry II’s daughters in the promotion of Becket’s cult across the continent.

Leonor paid her dues in Castile and her contribution to the cult was manifest and resolute. The queen joined her father’s cry for divine forgiveness in the dedication of altars at the cathedrals of Sigüenza and Toledo and perhaps in the commission of wall paintings at a church in Soria».

Cerda, José Manuel: The Marriage of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Leonor Plantagenet: the first bond between Spain and England in the Middle Ages, in: Aurell, Martin (ed.): Les Stratégies matrimoniales (IXe-XIIIe siècle), Turnhout, Brepols, 2013, pp. 143-153, pp. 146-147.

Or: my favourite sisterly alliance.

A really quite amazing piece of archaeology for Easter Sunday: the discovery of a forgotten crypt containing the coffins of at least 5 Archbishops of Canterbury, in the now deconsecrated church of St Mary’s Lambeth. It was thought that all of the crypts had been filled in, but this one was rediscovered recently under the former location of the high altar.

The coffins include that of Richard Bancroft, who oversaw the production of one of the greatest works of literature of the seventeenth century: the King James Bible.

The picture shows a seventeenth century gilded archbishop’s funerary mitre, resting on a coffin of a later date; it was probably moved when a new occupant was added to the crypt, so that it was not damaged.

Happy 2nd birthday HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge!
— May 2, 2015 The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge second child was born on May 2, 2015 at 8:34am BST at Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital weighing 8lbs 3oz. Her Royal Highness is fourth-in-line to the throne; and on May 4, 2015, it was announced that the new Princess would be named HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Princess Charlotte christening was on July 5, 2015 at St. Mary Magdalene Church by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The religions I’m most familiar with seem to be a package deal where you get two things:

  1. invariably absurd, false “is” claims
  2. potentially reasonable (though often still absurd) “ought” claims

It seems odd to me that these two things are bundled together, although maybe it’s just because few founders of new religions have read Hume.

I can’t believe in any religion that makes type 1 claims, because I believe I oughtn’t believe “is” claims that are false. But I can’t object to the “ought” claims on the same grounds. A religion that only made type 2 claims would be potentially acceptable. I think most atheist/agnostic/non-religious people feel the same way.

I’ve heard lots of stuff about how religiosity helps people thrive and communities prosper; if that’s true then the rise of atheism/agnosticism/non-religiousness in modern Western countries is something that needs to be fixed. But does it have to be fixed by pepople going back to practising a classical religion, the sort that makes both type 1 and type 2 claims? If somebody came up with a religion that only made type 2 claims, and was still capable of delivering these benefits, wouldn’t that be better? It would probably be easier to convince the currently non-religious to believe in it, at least.

An even easier-sounding option: couldn’t you just take, say, Anglicanism, and remove the "is” claims? Like, Richard Dawkins has said he’s a “cultural Anglican”, and I think I remember him saying in The God Delusion that he was actually very appreciative of Christian moral philosophy. People talk about how the Anglican faith is declining, because it’s too watered-down; but maybe Anglicanism is declining precisely because it isn’t watered-down enough (to channel alternate-universe Protestant Chesterton); perhaps once Anglicanism finally stops demanding of its believers that they profess belief in the reality of God, all these cultural Anglicans will return to the church and unite around their shared, preserved belief in Christian moral values, and Richard Dawkins can be the Archbishop of Canterbury and we’ll all live happily ever after.

Some say the Tudors transcend this history, bloody and demonic as it is: that they descend from Brutus through the line of Constantine, son of St Helena, who was a Briton. Arthur, High King of Britain, was Constantine’s grandson. He married up to three women, all called Guinevere, and his tomb is at Glastonbury, but you must understand that he is not really dead, only waiting his time to come again.

His blessed descendant, Prince Arthur of England, was born in the year 1486, eldest son of Henry, the first Tudor king. This Arthur married Katharine the princess of Aragon, died at fifteen and was buried in Worcester Cathedral. If he were alive now, he would be King of England. His younger brother Henry would likely be Archbishop of Canterbury, and would not (at least, we devoutly hope not) be in pursuit of a woman of whom the cardinal hears nothing good: a woman to whom, several years before the dukes walk in to despoil him, he will need to turn his attention; whose history, before ruin seizes him, he will need to comprehend.

Beneath every history, another history.

—  Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
Richard Dawkins doesn’t really know any religious people, because he is from England. There are hardly any traditional religious believers. In England, it’s the Archbishop of Canterbury and 3 priests. If he wants to study religion in England, he should look to soccer.
—  Philosophy of Religion Professor 

Thomas Becket, born in 1119, was Archbishop of Canterbury for eight years, from 1162 until his murder in 1170. In june of 1170 a few of his rivals in the church decided to crown the heir apparent, Henry the Young King. As their actions were a direct breach of Canterbury’s privilege of coronation, Becket excommunicated them as well as all his opponents, including those who had nothing to do with the unsanctioned crowning. The Young King Henry learned of Beckets actions and said something which was taken by his men as he wanted Becket dead. Four Knights took the King at his word and headed to Canterbury. They arrived on December 29, 1170, and covered up their armour with heavy cloaks. They informed Becket that he had to give an explanation of his actions in Winchester, to which he refused. The Knights, taking this as a brush off, retrieved their weapons and found Becket again in the main hall of the cathedral. There are many accounts as to what occurred next, most notably that of Edward Grim, who was in on the attack:
“ …The wicked knight leapt suddenly upon him, cutting off the top of the crown which the unction of sacred chrism had dedicated to God. Next he received a second blow on the head, but still he stood firm and immovable. At the third blow he fell on his knees and elbows, offering himself a living sacrifice, and saying in a low voice, ‘For the name of Jesus and the protection of the Church, I am ready to embrace death.’ But the third knight inflicted a terrible wound as he lay prostrate. By this stroke, the crown of his head was separated from the head in such a way that the blood white with the brain, and the brain no less red from the blood, dyed the floor of the cathedral. The same clerk who had entered with the knights placed his foot on the neck of the holy priest and precious martyr, and, horrible to relate, scattered the brains and blood about the pavements, crying to the others, ‘Let us away, knights; this fellow will arise no more.” Source: Wiki
After his death the faithful of Europe began seeing him as a martyr. He was canonised (made a saint) in 1173, only 3 years after his brutal death. The murderers fled to Knaresborough Castle and lived out their lives until they were excommunicated. In order to gain forgiveness the knights were ordered by the Pope to serve in the Holy Lands for fourteen years. Pictured above: A stained glass window likeness of Saint Thomas Becket, an ancient Chasse depicting his brutal murder, the inside of Canterbury Cathedral where Becket was murdered, the outside view of the beautiful cathedral and lastly the remains of Knaresborough Castle.
Grantchester -an ace drama about faith, with a nice murder mystery attached: episode 4 review
Decades ago, there was a misbegotten campaign to promote the V&A as “an ace caff with quite a nice museum attached”.

Is Grantchester (ITV) being similarly mis-sold? Once upon a time, these adaptations of James Runcie’s novels made for cosy crime drama in a dog collar. Not any more, padre.

In the latest instalment, there wasn’t even a murder to solve. A young single mother was found on the cusp of death, apparently having fallen from a window. Swift sleuthing established that her boyfriend had deposited her to cover up a motorbike accident, assisted by his father, who just happened to be in the same Masonic lodge as the superintendent. Mystery solved. No charge. Say no more.

Meanwhile in the foreground, Grantchester is morphing into an affecting and considerate examination of conscience, faith and doubt. This should be no surprise given that the author’s father was Archbishop of Canterbury. Perhaps they are running out of killers in Fifties Cambridgeshire.

I confess I gave Grantchester a wide berth after the first series. James Norton’s vaguely morose vicar Sydney Chambers felt strapped onto a one-trick pony. But in this episode, everyone else’s agonies bubbled simultaneously to the surface in a delicately woven narrative about the high price of love and desire.

Geordie (Robson Green) has been having a shabby workplace affair, which spilt shamingly into the open. Hatchet-faced housekeeper Mrs Maguire (Tessa Peake-Jones) was visited by her long-lost husband (Charlie Higson), a crafty chancer bent on deception. And poor conflicted Leonard (Al Weaver), whose fiancée was eager to shed her virginity, confronted the hopelessness of pretending to be game (“It’s disgusting!” he blurted).

And then came the latest instalment of Sydney’s Anglican angst. Having consummated his on-off romance with comely Amanda (Morven Christie) – at flipping last – he predictably plunged into ever deeper wretchedness. “You need to pray to God,” advised the stern new archdeacon (Gary Beadle). “I have. He didn’t answer.” With that, off came the dog collar.

It’s possible the show’s predominantly godless fans didn’t sign up for quite this much wailing and gnashing of teeth. It’s snuck in by stealth, and if there aren’t at least three bodies next, Grantchester should be seen as an ace drama about faith with quite a nice murder mystery attached.

dating Taehyung would include

Originally posted by jitamin

  • let’s be real for a second,,
  • if you actually get to spend the rest of your life with kim freakin taehyung then everything is in your favour my friend
  • the softest, most adorable relationship you’re ever gonna see
  • he’d care for you so much im 
  • I can imagine you meeting because he pulled you out of the road when a car was coming along
  • even though it’s a zebra crossing (is that name a british name??) and the car was gonna stop 
  • “oh…sorry, I just..didn’t want you to get hurt”
  • says taehyung, still holding your arm for dear life so you can’t move away from his body 
  • “im on the pavement now..”
  • “yeah true but maybe you should give me your number so I can stop you from getting hit by more cars”
  • smooth, tae, v smooth
  • it would grow from there, with taehyung being the type to hold your hand even across these goddamn zebra crossings
  • he would protect you like his life depended on it
  • such as holding you v close in bed and not let go
  • even if you’re dying because holy fric it’s so hot he’s so warm
  • you can push him away but he’ll just hold you even tighter and give you that smug smile 
  • “you’re not leaving me or my iPad clock”
  • something tells me he’s a very emotional guy
  • like in terms of emotional support he’d be there for you and vice versa 
  • he wouldn’t be afraid to show you his emotions bc he trusts you
  • even if that means being angry, crying, etc
  • but like imagine curling up on the couch with him 
  • his head will be in your lap and you can stoke his hair
  • playing with his fingers when you’re bored
  • holding his hands
  • taehyung is going to kill me before I even finish this
  • but back to dating
  • something is telling me he’s either a kinky little shit or he’s innocent as hell
  • no in between
  • he’ll be a master at using his tongue but
  • “taehyung, have you heard of the ‘eiffel tower’?”
  • “yeah it’s in France right?”
  • *cue namjoon winking and shit from the other side of the room*
  • “use urban dictionary pls”
  • but on the other hand…
  • “someone told me a good place to have sex was the back seat of a car, baby" 
  • omg right what if he likes kitten play??
  • I feel like he’s the kind of person that would like you to wear kitten ears and dress up all cute 
  • he’d call you kitten too and even put you in a collar 
  • yeah he’s definitely either really kinky or really innocent omo
  • bUT he’d still take you on the cutest dates
  • trips around different cities to see all the sites and stuff
  • actually going to Paris to see the real Eiffel Tower 
  • going to New York and London and Beijing and Tokyo and Stockholm etc
  • so many boyfriend vibes rn
  • he’d be the best travel companion though let’s be serious you’d never get bored even if you were on a twelve hour journey
  • being honest a downfall of his person is that he seems like the type to change moods quite quickly and you’d need to adjust to it
  • like one minute he’s relay serious and the next he’s messing around 
  • and that can sometimes cause a problem because did he mean that seriously or as a joke..?
  • but still the softest relationship in the history of mankind anyway
  • handle him with care because you’re blessed mate 
  • Archbishop of Canterbury says so 

Bertha - The First Christian Queen

When the Merovingian King Charibert I of Paris died in 567 A.D. he left behind a wife, Queen Ingoburga, and four young children. Among the small brood of royal children was Charibert’s youngest daughter Bertha. The exact date of the Frankish princess’ birth is unknown, but it is usually thought to be around 565, which would have made her a very young child at the time of her father’s death. Though her brutish father was the first Merovingian king to be excommunicated, Bertha was brought up in a Christian environment.

Around the year 580, Bertha was betrothed to King Æthelberht of Kent. One stipulation of the marriage was that Bertha be allowed to practice her own religion. This was an important condition, as Anglo-Saxon England was still a largely Pagan land in the sixth century, and Bertha was a devout Catholic. Æthelberht agreed to this and married Bertha, thus creating an alliance with the Franks. Bertha was the single force of unification between her home kingdom in Francia and her husband’s kingdom of Kent. An increase in trade and wealth soon followed. Along with political and economic gain, Bertha also brought her personal chaplain Liudhard to England. Bertha began the restoration of a church in Canterbury that had been in use during the Roman occupation of Britain and had fallen into disuse after the rise of the Anglo-Saxon kings. She dedicated her newly refurbished church to Saint Martin and used it as a private chapel. It is likely that Bertha exercised great influence over her husband in matters of faith and eventually convinced Æthelberht to convert to Christianity. It is not possible to pinpoint the date of Æthelberht’s conversion, however. In 596 Pope Gregory “The Great” sent a prior by the name of Augustine (later known as Saint Augustine of Canterbury) to Kent, accompanied by forty monks. Bertha received them warmly, despite her husband’s initial distrust of churchmen and perhaps of the Catholic Church in general. It would be generations before Christianity took a firm hold in England, but were it not for Bertha’s support of the early monastic settlements and Augustine’s mission at Canterbury, the faith may not have flourished as it did and English history would have taken a dramatically different course. Augustine would become the first Archbishop of Canterbury and established the bishoprics of London and Rochester.

Bertha and Æthelberht had two children, a son called Eadbald and a daughter called Æthelburg, who was also known by the nickname of “Tata.” Bertha’s son Eadbald would eventually rule jointly with his father and came to the throne after Æthelberht’s death as a pagan ruler, unlike his sister. Æthelburg was a Christian and oversaw the conversion of her husband, King Edwin of Northumbria, to Christianity, in a similar fashion to her mother. Bertha herself died sometime after 601. Her ultimate legacy would be that of the queen who triggered the conversion of England from Anglo-Saxon paganism to Roman Catholicism. She was venerated as a saint and is today commemorated by The Bertha Trail in Kent. Her private chapel of Saint Martin’s Church still stands today and is the oldest Christian church of the English speaking world.


Saint of the Day – 19 April – St Alphege (c953-1012) also known as St Alphege of Winchester/Canterbury/Bath – MARTYR and Bishop, Monk, Hermit, Abbot, educator, apostle of charity – his body is incorrupt.    Patron of  Greenwich, England,  kidnap victims,  Solihull, England.   Attributes –  bishop holding an axe,  bishop with an axe in his head,  carrying stones in his chasuble.

Alphege was born in 953 and became a monk at the Deerhurst Monastery of Gloucester, England. After a few years, he asked to become a hermit, received permission and retired to a small hut near Somerset, England. In 984, Alphege moved to Bath and became abbot at abbey founded by St. Dunstan. Many of Alpege’s companions from Somerset joined him at Bath. In that same year, Alphege was appointed bishop of Winchester and served there for two decades.

He was famed for his care of the poor and for his own austere life. King Aethelred the Unready used his abilities in 994, sending him to mediate with invading Danes.  The Danish chieftain Anlaf converted to Christianity as a result of his meetings with Alphege, although he and the other chief, Swein, demanded tribute from the Anglo-Saxons of the region. Anlaf vowed never to lead his troops against Britain again.   In 1005 Alphege became the successor to Aleric as the archbishop of Canterbury, receiving the pallium in Rome from Pope John XVIII.   He returned to England in time to be captured by the Danes pillaging the southern regions. The Danes besieged Canterbury and took Alphege captive.   The ransom for his release was about three thousand pounds and went unpaid. Alphege refused to give the Danes that much, an act which infuriated them.   He was hit with an ax and then beaten to death.  

Revered as a martyr, Alphege’s remains were placed in St. Paul’s Church in London.   The body, moved to Canterbury in 1023, was discovered to be incorrupt in 1105. Relics of St. Alphege are also in Bath, Glastonbury, Ramsey, Reading, Durham, Yorkminster and in Westminster Abbey.   He was canonised by St Pope Gregory VII in 1078.

St Thomas a Becket himself endorsed a parallel between himself and the Anglo-Saxon martyr, when he spoke about Alphege in the sermon he preached on Christmas Day 1170, four days before his own martyrdom:  “You already have a martyr here,” he said, “Alphege, beloved of God, a true saint. The Divine Mercy will provide another for you; it will not delay.”


one gifset per appearance → prince george’s christening, london (23/10/2013)

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was christened at the St. James’s Palace Chapel in London. The very small and private service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, with only close family members, the seven godparents and their partners among the guests. Prince George wore a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter Victoria in 1841, which has been worn by royal children during their christening since. Shortly before the service, his godparents were announced: William Van Cutsem, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Oliver Baker (all of whom are close school/university friends of the couple), their long-standing Private Secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, William’s cousin Zara Phillips, Prince Charles’s friend Earl Grosvenor and lastly, Princess Diana’s close friend Julia Samuel. For the service, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose two hymns, two lessons and two anthems. The Hymns were Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision. The lessons were from St. Luke ch. 18, verses 15-17, read by Pippa Middleton and St. John ch. 15, verses 1-5, read by Prince Harry. The anthems were Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand (Richard Popplewell) and The Lord Bless You and Keep You (John Rutter). The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were also used during the baptism. Following the service, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall hosted a private tea reception in Clarence House, during which guests were served slices of christening cake, which was a tier taken from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake. Later, the Royal Family posed for the official photographs of the christening, one of which included a picture of the Queen with her three heirs, something that had not happened since Queen Victoria’s time.