William and Kate have asked seven people to be godparents to their son, who was born July 22 and is third in line for the British throne.
They are: Oliver Baker, a friend from St. Andrews University; Emilia Jardine-Paterson, who went to school at the exclusive Marlborough College with Kate; Hugh Grosvenor, who is the son of the Duke of Westminster; Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former private secretary to the couple; Julia Samuel, described as a close friend of the late Princess Diana; Zara Phillips, who is William's cousin; and William van Cutsem, a childhood friend of William.
Palace officials said tradition would be followed and water from the River Jordan _ where Christians believe Jesus Christ was baptized _ would be used for the christening. The river's waters have often been used to make the sign of the cross on the heads of royal infants.
Charles and Camilla plan to host a private tea afterward at their Clarence House residence.
Some royal watchers have camped outside the palace for more than 24 hours to obtain a good vantage point for watching the guests arrive, but the ceremony was private.
William and Kate have hired photographer Jason Bell to take official pictures, which are expected to include a historic multi-generational photograph of the queen with three future monarchs: her son Charles, her grandson William and her great-grandson George.
The official photographs are expected to be released to the public the day after the christening.
- By the Associated Press with a contribution by Reuters