Following confirmation last week that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's first child Prince George of Cambridge will be christened on October 23rd at the Chapel Royal, St James' Palace, Kensington Palace have confirmed the service will be a private, family affair and will not warrant a bank holiday in the UK.
When the couple tied the knot in April 2011 everyone got an extra day off to watch the couple get hitched, but don't expect the same thing from the christening of their son. While the eyes of the world might have waited eagerly for the arrival of the future king, it seems we're not going to be lucky enough to get a day off next month for the ceremony.
Kensington Palace confirmed to EntertainmentWise: "That would be a matter for the Government, but no - no there won't be."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with son Prince George (PressAssociation)
The Palace also confirmed that unlike the couple's wedding and other royal ceremonies, such as the diamond jubilee celebrations, the occasion will be kept relatively private.
"The christening will be predominantly a private occasion but there will be parts of it where photos and footage are released," they revealed.
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The first child of the Duke and Duchess arrived on July 22 at the Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital, London. Weighing in at over 8 pounds, the public didn't have to wait long for their first glimpse of the future king, who appeared with his parents, on the steps of the hospital the following day.
The ceremony would take place at St James' Palace and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby as revealed in a statement released last Friday, but no further details about godparents and what the young prince will be wearing will be released until closer to the date, the palace have confirmed.
Most previous christenings of royals have taken place in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. But the choice to buck with tradition has no real meaning, according to the Palace, who claim the location was "simply a case of personal preference".
Baby George Alexander Louis was born on Monday, July 22 (Splash News)
The full statement from the couple read: "Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Prince George will take place on Wednesday, 23rd October at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.
"Prince George will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby."
The Chapel Royal at St James' Palace has been in regular use since 1702.