Monday, December 15, 2008

It's Charles Philip Arthur George

December 15, 1948

HRH Prince Charles of Edinburgh was baptized today. The little prince was a "star performer." The Baptism was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in Buckingham Palace's Music Room.

Princess Margaret, who is one of the prince's godmothers, held the infant as she presented him to the Archbishop for baptism.

Six of the eight godparents were present for the ceremony, which included a choir of boy singers. The godparents are King George VI (grandfather), Queen Mary (great-grandmother), Princess Margaret (aunt), the Dowager Marchioness of Milford-Haven (great-grandmother), Lady Brabourne (the Duke of Edinburgh's first cousin), David Bowes-Lyon (Princess Elizabeth's uncle), King Haakon VII of Norway (great-great uncle), and Prince George of Greece (the Duke of Edinburgh's uncle). King Haakon and Prince George were not able to attend the ceremony and were represented by the Earl of Athlone (Queen Mary's brother) and the Duke of Edinburgh, respectively.

The little prince slept through most of the 30-minute ceremony. Earlier in the day, the Registrar of Births came to Buckingham Palace, where the Duke of Edinburgh officially registered Charles' birth.

Water from the River Jordan was used to baptize the prince.

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