REPORTER: Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate broke set a royal precedent of sorts on Wednesday. They held the christening of three-month-old Prince George at St. James Palace, not at Buckingham Palace where royal christenings have occurred for generations. In 1926, then-princess Elizabeth was christened in Buckingham's private chapel. Her son, Charles, was christened in the music room in 1948. That's the same room where HIS son, William, was christened in 34 years later. The break with tradition didn't affect well-wishers who wanted to witness British history.
THOMAS MILLS, CHAIRMAN OF THE BRITISH MONARCHY SOCIETY: "It is history today and it is also the day that Prince George is brought fully into the family firm as a member of the Church of England of which we know the Queen is Defender of the Faith and so will be Prince Charles and Prince William and one day Prince George."
REPORTER: Only 21 close family members and godparents were invited to the christening — a sign the parents plan to closely guard the privacy of a baby born to be a king. William and Kate named six friends and one of William's cousins as godparents. That too was breaking new ground because royal dignitaries normally take on the ceremonial role. Observers say it's all part of their effort to portray a more informal, modern royal image to Britons as they face economic austerity in their own lives.
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