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If you are a fan of the Royals and a fan of Christenings, then today is your day. IT'S ROYAL BABY CHRISTENING DAY!!!! Below is a live blog written by Huffington Post Executive Editor Stephen Hull, who you can also follow on Twitter here @hullstephen

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  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christinening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke of Cambridge arrives, holding his son Prince George, at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke of Cambridge arrives, holding his son Prince George, at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Catherine arrive for the christening of Prince George at St James Palace, London

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William arrives at the christening of Prince George at St James Palace, London

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William arrives at the christening of Prince George at St James Palace, London

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duchess Of Cambridge Catherine arrives at the christening of Prince George at St James Palace, London

  • Kate the Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the Christening of her son Prince George at St James's Palace in London, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • The car carrying Britain's Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George, leaves from Kensington Palace on the way to St. James Palace for the christening of Prince George. Britain's 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George will be christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • The car carrying Britain's Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George, is escorted by police as it drives from Kensington Palace on the way to St. James Palace for the christening of Prince George. Britain's 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George will be christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William arrives at the christening of Prince George at St James Palace, London

  • Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, right, arrive for the Christening of their son Prince George at St James's Palace in London, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke of Cambridge arrives, holding his son Prince George, at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Queen Elizabeth II speaks with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, with their son three month-old Prince George of Cambridge, ahead of his christening.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Queen Elizabeth II speaks with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, with their son three month-old Prince George of Cambridge, ahead of his christening.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christinening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christinening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christinening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christinening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    ALTERNATE CROPThe Duke of Cambridge arrives, holding his son Prince George, at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Prince George Prince William Kate Duchess of Cambridge

    EDS NOT RECROPPED VERSION LON109 Britain's Prince William, holds his son Prince George as they arrive at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, for the christening of the three month-old Prince Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. The 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George will be christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/Pool)

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, ahead of the christening of the three month-old Prince George of Cambridge by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh talk to the Archbishop of Canterbury as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall followed by the Prince of Wales (background) leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh talk to the Archbishop of Canterbury as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall followed by the Prince of Wales (background) leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh talk to the Archbishop of Canterbury as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall followed by the Prince of Wales (background) leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George as she leaves the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace with the Duke of Cambridge following the christening of the prince by the Archbishop of Canterbury (right) in central London.

  • Britain's Prince William, Kate Duchess of Cambridge with their son Prince George leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, after the christening of the three month-old Prince George, Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/Pool)

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George alongside the Duke of Cambridge, following the christening of the Prince at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christinening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury in central London.

  • EDS NOTE RECROPPED VERSION LON111 Kate Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. The prince was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/Pool)

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Godmother Emilia Jardine-Paterson arrives for the christening of Prince George at St James Palace, London

  • Kate Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. The prince was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/Pool)

  • Kate Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace in London, Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013. The prince was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London. (AP Photo/John Stillwell/Pool)

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The St James's Palace detachment of The Queen's Guard turns out in Colour Court, St James Palace, for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II, ahead of the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The St James's Palace detachment of The Queen's Guard turns out in Colour Court, St James Palace, for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II, ahead of the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Earl Grosvenor leaves the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Michael Middleton and nanny Jessie Webb leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Emilia Jardine-Paterson and husband David arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Emilia Jardine-Paterson and husband David arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Pippa and James Middleton arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Pippa and James Middleton speak with the Archbishop of Canterbury as they arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.

  • Christening of Prince George of Cambridge

    Pippa and James Middleton leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Here's a nice, clean image for all your royalists.

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For the next 45mins or so it's going to be lockdown as the family take part in the private ceremony. We'll be updating with pictures here, so keep following.

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The TV cameras have some lovely pictures of the young prince being carried by his father and wearing a cream coloured Christening gown. Remember that hand waving from his first public appearance?

Well, it was back again. The young man has got this royal thing nailed.

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Wills and Kate managed to dodge our well positioned live feed and have sneaked in the back door.

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Target is on the move. This Christening just got real. Photographers outside Kensington Palace are getting very excited about the prospect of the Royal one being taken by Wills and Kate across town to St James's Palace.

Hold tight, all.

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The water used during the ceremony has come from the River Jordan in the Middle East, where it is said Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said: "There's a tradition with royal christenings hosted by the Chapel Royal that water from the River Jordan is used."

Well. I. Never!

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Nice piece here from the BBC where Tom Heyden has looked how how baptisms have changed in the 31 years since Prince William went through the process in 1982

10 ways christening has changed

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If you're gonna pretend to know all about this Christening, then you're gonna need to bluff your way through today. Here's a few historical pointers from the Press Association...

The Chapel Royal at St James's Palace was where the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, lay before her funeral to allow her family to pay their last respects.

The small, intimate place of worship, where oak-panelled stalls lined with tall, green lamps face inwards towards the aisle, is steeped in history.

Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a "personal decision" to use the chapel for the christening of their son Prince George.

William would most likely have privately visited his mother's coffin in front of the altar in 1997 as he and his brother Prince Harry prepared for her funeral.

It was also where Kate gathered with William and her family for her private confirmation into the Church of England in March 2011 ahead of her marriage.

The Choir of the Chapel Royal, including 10 boy choristers who dress in distinctive scarlet and gold state coats which date from the reign of Charles II, were also chosen by the couple to sing at their wedding.

Prince George's great-great-great-great-great-grandparents Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

were married in the chapel in 1840 and their marriage certificate hangs on the wall in the vestry.

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Here's the people who will influence and do Godparenty stuff with the Prince

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  • Zara Phillips

    She is the only member of the Royal family to be named by the couple, in a break with tradition.

  • Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton

    Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the part-time private secretary of the Princes of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge

  • Oliver Baker

    Oliver Baker is a friend from St Andrew's University

  • Emilia Jardine-Paterson

    Emilia Jardine-Paterson is a friend of the Duchess of Cambridge from Marlborough College

  • William Van Cutsem

    William Van Cutsem is one of William's oldest friends

  • Julia Samuel

    Julia Samuel, a close friend of Diana Princess of Wales, will be another. William has been a key support of Samuel's charity, the Child Bereavement Trust. Diana was godparent to Samuel's son Benjamin.

  • Earl Grosvenor

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