LONDON - Three generations of future British kings will gather on Wednesday for the low-key christening of Prince George, the son of Prince William and his wife Catherine.
Current monarch Queen Elizabeth II will also be present for the third-in-line prince's baptism, where she will be joined by heir apparent Prince Charles and second-in-line William.
But the ceremony, to be held at the Chapel Royal in London's St James's Palace, will be hidden from the world's media.
Royal officials have said that only "close members of both families" will attend the baptism, reflecting William and Catherine's belief in keeping their son out of the spotlight.
The service will be conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the head of the world's Anglicans, who called it "the next hugely important moment" in the young prince's life.
"A few months ago millions of people around the world celebrated the birth of Prince George," he said in a YouTube message released by his Lambeth Palace office on Tuesday.
"Now we're celebrating the next hugely important moment, which is his christening."
A Church of England christening involves a new baby having holy water poured on its head - the baby is not fully immersed.
George - who is a future Supreme Governor of the Church of England and "Defender of the Faith" - was born on July 22.