The recent reports claiming that Prince Charles believes becoming king will be a form of prison have been strongly denied by the Clarence House.
According to a report in Time magazine, quoting an unnamed official, Prince Charles is worried he will not achieve ambitions linked to his interests before “the prison shades” close.
The Prince of Wales is in no rush to become king because he fears being monarch will be a form of prison, according to one of his officials.
Clarence House has denied reports that the Prince of Wales believes becoming king will be a form of prison
Time spoke to 50 of the prince’s friends and associates.
It is not known whether the comment was made by a current or former member of royal staff.
A Clarence House spokesman said: “This is not the Prince of Wales’s view and should not be attributed to him as he did not say these words.
“The prince has dutifully supported the Queen all his life and his official duties and charitable work have always run in parallel.”
Queen Elizabeth II has been pictured with three future kings – Prince Charles, Prince William and newborn Prince George.
This is the first such image of royal succession for nearly 120 years.
The Queen is shown with her son, the Prince of Wales, grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, and great-grandson, Prince George, to mark the royal christening.
The picture echoes a 1894 image from the future Edward VIII’s christening, showing him with his father, grandfather and great-grandmother – George V, Edward VII and Queen Victoria.
The royal pictures were taken by Jason Bell.
The Queen is shown with her son, the Prince of Wales, grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, and great-grandson, Prince George, to mark the royal christening
The four official portraits were taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House following Wednesday’s christening ceremony at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.
The reigning monarch and three future kings will, in all probability, occupy the British throne for considerably more than 100 years.
The images were captured by Jason Bell, who is renowned for his images of high-profile figures like Sir Paul McCartney, actress Scarlett Johansson and former England footballer David Beckham.
Prince George wears a replica of the intricate lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841.
The sofa which the royals sat on for the pictures was designed by Thomas Chippendale and is part of a range dating from about 1773.
It is thought to have been commissioned by the Duke of Gloucester, George III’s brother.
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Prince George’s christening has started at the Chapel Royal in London.
Prince George, who is third in line to the British throne, is being baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The christening has been announced as a private event, with only senior royals, four members of the Middleton family, the seven godparents and their spouses invited.
Prince George, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, was born in London on July 22nd.
The ceremony is expected to last about 45 minutes, after which Prince Charles will host a tea at Clarence House.
Prince George’s godparents, announced earlier, are Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall.
Prince George’s christening has started at the Chapel Royal in London
Zara Phillips, wife of former England rugby player Mike Tindall, is Prince William’s cousin, while the other six godparents are all friends of the royal couple.
Prince George is being baptized in a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841.
Prince William and Kate Middleton chose two hymns, two lessons and two anthems for the christening.
The hymns are Breathe on Me, Breath of God and Be Thou My Vision.
Lessons from St Luke and St John will be read by Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry, and the anthems are Blessed Jesu! Here we Stand and the Lord Bless You and Keep You.
After the ceremony, celebrity photographer Jason Bell will take a picture of Queen Elizabeth and Princes Charles, William and George together.
The photo will echo a 1894 picture from the christening of the future Edward VIII, showing him with his father, grandfather and great-grandmother – George V, Edward VII and Queen Victoria.
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Prince George’s christening service will take place this afternoon, at 3 p.m., at the Chapel Royal in the grounds of St James’s Palace.
The most important question is what will everyone eat?
Prince George’s christening cake is a tier from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cake
It’s traditional in England to serve the top tier of your wedding cake at your first child’s christening.
The alcohol content in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding fruitcake will have helped preserve it, but of course that cake was frozen as well.
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According to recent reports, just five senior members of the Royal family have been invited by Prince William and Kate Middleton to today’s christening of Prince George.
The Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex are among those who have been left off the guest list.
Prince William’s cousin Princesses Eugenie, who is in New York, will also miss out, together with the Princess Royal, who is in Canada, and the Countess of Wessex, who is carrying out official duties in Somerset. Zara Phillips, another of Prince William’s cousins, will be attending after she was chosen as a godparent.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s choice of the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace as the venue for the ceremony meant the guest list had to be kept down to fewer than 50 (only 22 guests, according to royal sources), meaning there would not have been room for close friends if the couple’s various aunts, uncles and cousins attended.
Just five senior members of the Royal family have been invited by Prince William and Kate Middleton to today’s christening of Prince George
The only senior members of the Royal family who will be there, apart from Prince George and his parents, are Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.
They will be joined by Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and her siblings Pippa and James.But there will be no “plus ones”, meaning there is no place for Prince Harry’s girlfriend Cressida Bonas or Pippa Middleton’s boyfriend Nico Jackson.
Marcus Setchell, the obstetrician in charge of the delivery of Prince George, is expected to be at the service, together with midwives Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Arona Ahmed and Lisa Greene, who attended to Kate Middleton in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.
A source close to the Earl of Wessex said he would be busy with “meetings all the way through the day”, while the Duke of York has “a day of official engagements in London”.
The ceremony will arguably be the most private christening of a future king or queen in living memory.
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Prince George’s christening service on October 23 at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace could be attended by fewer than 60 people.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have broken with several traditions since their 2011 wedding, but royal christenings have always been for family, close friends and godparents.
Prince George’s christening guest list will include fewer than 60 people
All the public will see and hear of the 45-minute ceremony, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, is the official photos and a few details that Prince William and Kate Middleton decide to release the next day.
Definitely present with Prince William and Kate Middleton will be: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Harry and Michael and Carole Middleton with Kate’s sister Pippa and brother James.
Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and their spouses have not been invited, although Palace officials insist there are no family rifts.
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