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Prince George Christening Due At St James's
The future king and supreme governor of the Church of England will be christened at St James's Palace later today.
The historic 45-minute service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury will see four generations of British monarchs photographed together for the first time since 1899.
While the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William were all christened at Buckingham Palace, the Duke and Duchess have chosen to break with tradition, holding the baptism in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace.
The intimate gathering in the chapel where Diana, Princess of Wales' coffin rested before her funeral in 1997 will see William and Kate joined by up to 60 close family and friends.
"This is a hugely significant moment for the Queen. It's terribly important for her to be there with her heir, her heir's heir and her heir's heir's heir," said Sky's Royal Commentator Alastair Bruce.
The last time a monarch was photographed alongside three heirs was in 1899 at the christening of Edward VIII. He was cradled by great-grandmother Queen Victoria, alongside his father George V and grandfather Edward VII.
Prince George will be brought from Kensington Palace by his parents dressed in a Honiton lace christening gown, a replica of the one used by more than 60 members of the Royal Family since 1841.
Alastair Bruce added: "The Queen decided a number of years ago that the original gown was no longer in a fit state to be used for christenings and so had a new one made, first worn by the Earl and Countess of Wessex's son at his christening."
The Lily font used by the Archbishop will be brought to the Chapel Royal from the Tower of London where it is normally housed as part of the crown jewels.
Not expected to attend the christening are family members Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who have other commitments.
Former Daily Mirror photographer Kent Gavin took the official photographs at Prince William's christening and realised one vital shot was missing.
"I was told not to approach the Queen, but when I realised they'd forgotten to have the Queen Mother hold Prince William, I had to say something," he said.
"The Queen called the Queen Mother into the Music Room, she put her drink down and Diana passed Prince William to her. That's how we got an award-winning shot."
The big question is who William and Kate have chosen as Prince George's godparents.
William has six godparents, but the Duke and Duchess may choose fewer for George.
Aside from family choices - which might include Peter and Zara Phillips and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, loyal friends are likely to be asked.
Thomas van Straubenzee is one of William's most trusted friends and travelled with him during his gap year.
Then there is Hugh van Cutsem, whose daughter was flower girl at the Duke and Duchess' wedding.
University buddy and old Etonian Fergus Boyd is a possibility - he was with William when the Duke whispered to him "wow, she's hot" as Kate took part in a fashion show in 2007.
Kate's loyal Marlborough school friends Emilia D'Erlanger and Alicia Fox Pitt are also likely to be in the mix.
Finally, someone who has helped William and Kate negotiate the first few years of their marriage is their former private secretary Jamie Lowther Pinkerton.
:: Watch coverage of the christening throughout the day on Sky News