The Daily Express led with a picture of Prince George on their front page,
although it was not their main story. They followed with coverage on p.2 and
p.3 of the event itself, p.4 focused on the fashion choices of the day,
whilst page five explained who the godparents are. The newspaper described
the event as a “landmark day for the British monarchy”. The newspaper was
also selling a “double handed christening mug” they had commissioned to mark
the big day.
The Times ran a front page picture of Prince George being carried into the
chapel by his father, the Duke of Cambridge, but did not run a front page
story on the event. The newspaper began their coverage in earnest on p.6,
and devoted four pages of the newspaper to the historic event, pointing out
he was joining the church he is “born to lead”. As with most papers, they
focused on how well behaved George remained throughout the day and who has
been chosen as his godparents.
The Metro splashed on the Royal christening, running the headline “Prince
George and the cream mother”. Inside the paper they dedicated two pages to
the ceremony in the chapel Royal, with a picture of Prince William and his
son followed by the headline “George is my son and hair”. They said that his
first official engagement showed how much the “chunky young royal” looked
like his father. They described it as a “low key event for the third in line
for the throne”.
The Daily Mirror dedicated four pages to the baby’s christening, starting on
p.4 and describing the day over two pages before focusing on the godparents,
described by the newspaper as “George’s God Squad”, listing who they were
and how they knew the couple. They newspaper also carried a picture of the
Duchess of Cambridge carrying Prince George on the front page. They said
that the day allowed the world it “long awaited second look” at the future
However, while the event dominated the front pages of most of the country’s
newspapers, it was notably absent from the covers of the Guardian and the
The Independent only ran 19 words on the christening at the bottom of p.27.
Although “Prince George was christened yesterday in a private ceremony at St
James’s Palace led by the Archbishop of Canterbury”, was the extent of their
news coverage, the newspaper also ran a comment piece on page 13 by Grace
Dent headlined: “It’s extraordinary how ordinary these royals seem.” The
paper had run a “Republican Live Blog” as the event was ongoing yesterday,
offering readers “All the news on today’s big non-news event.”
Although they did not feature it on their front page, opting instead for a
picture of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, the Guardian did dedicate
their page 3 largely to the event.
Here is a sample of some of the foreign papers who featured the future King on
their front pages –
In the republic that celebrates its escape from the British monarchy every
July 4th, America’s royalty-obsessed television networks covered the
christening with their usual enthusiasm.
Interest among US newspapers was mixed. The New York Post, a lively tabloid,
featured a front page picture of the Duchess of Cambridge holding the young
prince with the message “Gorgeous George”.
Its page 21 coverage included a colour picture of the happy parents and baby
and an obligatory punning headline “”Water Cutie” above a introduction
explaining that Prince George was christened with water from the River
At the other end of the newspaper spectrum, the New York Times (motto: “All
the News that’s Fit to Print”) ran a 574-word news story on page six
entitled “A Royal Christening in Britain Amid a Refrain of Coos”.
The piece began with a familiar description of British weather and habits for
American readers. “Some spent the night in the English rain, huddling under
tarpaulins and keeping warm with flasks of tea outside St. James’s Palace,”
“Apparently it was worth it. ‘’Aww,’ the crowd cooed when the prince, third in
line to the throne, arrived with his parents, Prince William and the Duchess
of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton.”
The French were distinctly underwhelmed by the christening, and it did not
make it on to any front page. The story was given a small picture and 100
words at the bottom of page 15 in Le Parisien, a small photo in Le Figaro on
an inside page with nothing more than the caption “Baptism of Prince
George in London yesterday”, and not a mention in Liberation.
In Germany Prince George made it on to the front page of Bild, the country’s
biggest selling newspaper, which ran the headline “Big day for a little
The broadsheet Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ran a report on p.7, whilst the
Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper carried a p. 10 report with the headline: ‘In
memory of Diana: The remarkable christening of Prince George’.
The regional paper the Rheinische Post also ran a front page picture.
South Africa’s Times has Prince George and his parents on its front page,
under the title: Back to the Future. The Port Elizabeth Herald and
Johannesburg Star also carried the christening picture on their front pages,
while Durban’s Mercury newspaper used a photograph of the Queen greeting her
new progeny under the headline: “Mum, Dad, Great-Gran.”
However, other African nations were less interested, and only one newspaper
mentioned the event on the World pages,
The event was not covered on any of the websites of any major news
organisations in Belgium or Holland and in South Asia only the Bangkok Post
ran a short piece.
None of the Chinese newspapers ran a story about the big day for the third in
line for the throne, although many websites ran a news agency piece saying
George “has a very handsome round face and he looks very cute.”
Shanghai Television also ran a short report.