Cambridge: Prince George Christening

16 October 2013, 17:15 | Updated: 16 October 2013, 17:23

Kensington Palace has revealed more information about next Wednesday's christening of the Prince of Cambridge.

William and Kate's baby son will be baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the little known Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, with the ceremony starting at 3pm. 

In a statement, Kensington Palace said: "The christening of Prince George will take place on Wednesday 23rd October at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace.

Prince George will be baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. 

The service will start at 1500hrs and will last approximately 45 minutes."

The christening will take place just over three months since George was born. 

The guest list has not been released but Kensington Palace has said in the past that "close members of both families'' will attend. 

There has also been speculation about who the Cambridges might choose to be their son's godparents, with close friends like Hugh van Cutsem and Thomas van Straubenzee in the running. 

In past decades, senior royal babies, the Queen, the Prince of Wales and William, have been christened at Buckingham Palace. 

But the Cambridges have chosen the Chapel Royal, where the coffin of the Duke's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, lay before her funeral. 

Princess Beatrice was the last royal baby to be christened at St James's Palace, in December 1988. 

Following the christening a historic picture will be released showing the Queen with three future monarchs - Charles, William and George. 

It will echo the picture taken in July 1894 during the christening of the future Edward VIII, showing the royal baby with his father, later George V, grandfather, the future Edward VII, and great grandmother, Queen Victoria. 

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.