In London fans have spend the night in torrential rain to catch a glimpse of the future King of England.
Britain’s Prince George was christened on Wednesday in the Chapel Royal of St. James Palace.
Anna Scott from Newcastle spent the night in a thunderstorm just to get a peak of baby George in his white satin robe – a replica of one made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter.
She said the same miserable weather afflicted her and other fans when they were waiting for their first sight of the little prince: “Some of us were in sleeping bags, some of us were just in chairs, and then the heavens opened and it was just torrential rain off and on all night, and thunderstorms, which happened when we were camped out for the birth of Prince George. We had torrential rain and thunderstorms, so, it’s strange.”
Another well-wisher, Annie Daley, noted the significance of the location of the christening as normally such events are held in the music room at Buckingham Palace. “I think today is quite significant that William has broken with tradition and having the christening here”, she said, “perhaps visiting his mother lying, resting here, there might be an aura about the place that he likes,” she said.
A fan who gave his name only as Terry, was dressed head to toe in red, white and blue. He said hne never has missed an occasion to see the Royals and wants to outlive the Queen Mother to more than 101 in order to witness England under King George. “George is going to be king one day, and I could even be around for that, because I’ve got to catch up with the Queen Mother. I’m going to go for 100 plus.”
Only 21 guests were invited to share the moment with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Queen Elizabeth, her husband Prince Philip, heir to the throne Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, and William’s brother Harry attended the service in which Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby baptised the three-month old baby with water from the River Jordan.
Also present were Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her sister Pippa.
The parents named six friends and William’s cousin Zara Phillips as godparents, a break with the tradition of choosing royal dignitaries to take on the ceremonial role, continuing their effort to portray a more informal, modern image to austerity-hit Britons.
The couple have said they are adamant their son should have a normal life out of the public eye.