Pinoys queue to watch Prince George's christening
|Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge carries her son Prince George after his christening at St James's Palace in London October 23, 2013. Photo John Stillwell, Reuters|
LONDON - There was an intense interest in the birth of the future king, the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge-William and Catherine.
But the christening of the three-month old Prince George, by royal standards, was planned to be very intimate and low-key.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge picked the Chapel Royal for the christening, the same place where the remains of Prince William's mother, Princess Diana rested, days before her funeral.
The guest list was small, less than 30. Only immediate family, headed by Queen Elizabeth and very close friends were invited. Media access was carefully managed.
But some people waited for hours, some slept out overnight to guarantee spots.
"I'm very excited to see the Royals that's why I came here to have a glimpse of them. When George was born, it was all over the papers. My family was ringing to make sure I see him," said Holly, from Australia.
A number of Pinoys also lined the street to get a glimpse of the Royal family.
Those who came wanted to show their support to the young family, the Cambridges.
Prince George was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, wearing a lace and satin christening gown. It was a replica of the 1841 christening gown for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, the princess royal.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge broke with tradition by choosing non-royals as godparents to their son with the exception of Zara Tindall, Prince William's first cousin.