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Royal couple 'dismiss lavish christening'

Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have their baby christened at a private chapel in Windsor Castle.

The royal couple welcomed their first baby, George Alexander Louis, into the world in a London hospital on Monday. Attention has now turned to when the prince will be baptised, with speculation growing that William and Catherine are eager for a simple ceremony. It is likely to be split into two parts, with a formal christening being followed by a private celebration for close family and friends.

The traditional place for this to take place is Buckingham Palace’s Music Room, where William was baptised with water from the River Jordan. This could be the same for the new prince, who is expected to be christened by Archbishop Justin Welby. However, it could also be held at a private chapel at Windsor Castle.

“Since the queen doesn’t really live in Buckingham Palace any more, Windsor seems to have become the preferred option, though you never really know with William and Kate!” Ingrid Seward, Editor-in-Chief for Majesty magazine told British magazine Grazia.

Although the duchess was initially sceptical about hiring help to care for the baby, she has advertised for a housekeeper whose duties include some childcare, walking the dog, cooking and cleaning.

For the next few months, only immediate family members will be allowed to help out with the prince.

Catherine has apparently realised that she will need a team to relieve the pressures of motherhood as her charity obligations will require her to travel.

William’s father Prince Charles was very close to his nannies as he spent so little time with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as he was growing up.

“Prince Charles, as a future king, was kept in a guilded cage,” Ingrid explained. “He had a hierarchy of nannies. It was like a private fiefdom – there was a nanny, under-nanny, nursery footman, nursery maid… One chap even had the job of polishing the wheels of his pram before he was laid down to sleep.”

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