Royal Christenings

On the 23 October the nation celebrated the christening of Prince George of Cambridge, first born son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and future King of England.

Prince George of Cambridge, was christened, George Louis Alexander, in a private service at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace. Despite this his christening was reported around the world in the press. It seems that royal christenings have always caused excitement. Full page articles on various past Royal christenings can be found in the pages of the Illustrated London News.

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With its debut in 1842 the Illustrated London News became the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, sparking a revolution in journalism and news reporting. The publication presented a vivid picture of British and world events - including news of war, disasters, royalty, social affairs, the arts and science.

The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842 - 2003 is available for you to browse at home or in the library for free with your library card.

Royal christenings were also reported in The Times newspaper. You can access the The Times Digital Archive 1792 - 2007 at home or in the library for free with your library card.

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