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3-month-old Prince George is christened in London

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

LONDON — Dressed in a lace gown designed in the 1840s and doused with water from the River Jordan, 3-month-old Prince George, third in line to the British throne, was christened Wednesday in London.

The small family gathering of four generations had historic overtones: the presence of Britain's 87-year-old monarch and three of its future kings.

Queen Elizabeth II, usually the center of attention, quietly ceded the spotlight to her gurgling great-grandson George. He seemed to wave at her when he arrived, although that was only an illusion — his father, Prince William, was moving the infant's arm.

Prince George's Christening

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The private affair at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace also included Prince Charles, next in line for the throne, and the queen's 92-year-old husband, Prince Philip, who has shown remarkable stamina since returning to the public eye after a two-month convalescence following serious abdominal surgery.

All told, it was a remarkable day for a monarchy that seems to be basking in public affection since the 2011 wedding of William and Kate Middleton and the maturing of Prince Harry, who seems to have put his playboy days behind him.

George, who was born July 22, wore a replica of an intricate lace-and-satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter and first used in 1841.

When William was christened in 1982, he wore the original gown — by then well over a century old — but that gown has become so fragile that a replica was made.

The infant, who will head the Church of England when he becomes king, was christened with water from the River Jordan by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

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