This piece first appeared as “George Dunked in Jordan River” in The Times of Israel.
Little Prince George got the royal treatment as he was baptizedwith water from the River Jordan on Wednesday.
The christening of the 3-month old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took place at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby performed the religious ceremony as invited guests looked on. Among those in attendance were baby’s great-grandparents 87-year-old Queen Elizabeth II and 92-year-old Prince Philip.
The parents named six friends and William’s cousin Zara Tindall as godparents, breaking with the tradition of choosing mostly royal dignitaries for the honor. A silver baptismal font commissioned in 1840 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for their first child’s birth was used in the ceremony, and Prince George wore a replica of an antique lace christening gown.
While water from the river where it is believed that Jesus was baptized has been used to make the sign of the cross on many heads in Britain’s royal family, it is not commonly used for Anglican or Episcopalian christenings.
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