Final preparations are being made in Britain for the christening of royal baby Prince George.
The prince, the third in line to the throne, will be baptised at St James’s Palace, London, on Wednesday.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, who will perform the ceremony, said it would be an “extraordinary” moment.
The Most Rev Justin Welby said: “As a nation we’re celebrating the birth of someone who in due course will be the head of state.
“That’s extraordinary. It gives you this sense of forward looking, of the forwardness of history as well as the backwardness of history, and what a gift to have this new life and to look forward.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he hoped the baptism would inspire others to seek the same ceremony.
“All babies are unbelievably special, not only royal babies,” he added.
Prince George, born on 22 July, is the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and is third king in waiting to the throne.