Coins to mark George's christening
A special set of coins will be created to mark the christening of Prince George, the Royal Mint has announced.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby son will be christened at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, on Wednesday October 23 - just over three months since his birth.
The release of the trio of commemorative coins, which have been approved by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen and the Chancellor, will be the first time that new United Kingdom coins have been produced to mark the christening of a member of the Royal Family.
There will be a gold kilo coin, £5 coin in silver and another more affordable £5 coin. Details of the prices and how many will be created have yet to be announced.
Shane Bissett, of The Royal Mint, said: "The Royal Mint has celebrated moments of national significance for over 1,000 years and it was felt appropriate to produce the first-ever set of Royal christening coins to mark the christening of our future king.
"As a British institution, The Royal Mint has played a central role creating works of art as official commemorations of landmarks in the history of the Royal Family for hundreds of years. These coins will be a fitting addition to that long tradition."
The Archbishop of Canterbury will conduct the christening at which "close members of both families" - the Royal household and the Middletons - are set to attend, Kensington Palace said.
The christening ceremony is usually held at Buckingham Palace or at places of worship at Windsor Castle.
Princess Beatrice was the last royal baby to be christened at St James's Palace in December 1988.
George will be christened in a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex's son Viscount Severn became the first royal baby to wear the new robe at his christening in 2008.