LONDON (AP) -- The christening of Prince William and Kate’s firstborn, Prince George, will be marked with a set of commemorative coins, the Royal Mint said Saturday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son will be christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace on Oct. 23, just over three months after his birth. It is the chapel where the coffin of William’s late mother, Princess Diana, was put for her family to pay last respects in private before her funeral in 1997.
The production of the commemorative coins, approved by William, his wife Kate and Queen Elizabeth II, will be the first time that new coins are produced to mark a royal christening in Britain.
Buying the coins may be the only way the public can take part in celebrating Prince George’s christening, which will be a private event, attended only by close family and the baby’s godparents, who haven’t been named yet.
Official photographs will be released after the ceremony, Kensington Palace said.
"This will be the first formal occasion for Prince George, it will be one in which the baby is welcomed into the Church of England. After all, he will one day become the head of the church, so this is an important ceremony," royal historian Hugo Vickers said.
The event will also see the first official photographs that include the queen and all of her three direct heirs: Charles, William and George.
The venue of the ceremony
The Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace is a lesser known and more intimate venue.
Constructed by Henry VIII, it was decorated by Hans Holbein in honor of the king’s short-lived marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.
The christening of Prince George, who is third in line to the throne, will be conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The baby will wear a replica of a christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841.
The 5-pound coins to mark the occasion will be made of solid gold, silver and a more affordable option, and will sell for as much as thousands of pounds (dollars).
The designs of the coins have not yet been revealed.
Miss Philippines wins Miss World competition
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World on Saturday amid tight security on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, where the contest’s final round was moved following protests by Muslim hardliner groups.
"I promise to be the best Miss World ever," Young, 23, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country’s flag.
Despite threats from the Islamic Defenders Front to disrupt the contest, police said no rallies were staged Saturday. The group has demonstrated for weeks, calling for the government to cancel the pageant because members say it shows too much skin and goes against Islamic teachings.
The 127 contestants vying for the crown were introduced Saturday wearing evening gowns shimmering in sequins, many of them with plunging necklines and slits up the leg.
Four candidates dropped out earlier, mainly due to illnesses, said Syafril Nasution, one of the local organizers.
Young, who took the crown from Wenxia Yu of China, the 2012 winner, was born in the United States. When she was 10 she moved to the Philippines, where she has appeared in films and as a television host.
Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, 20, took second place, while Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 22, came in third.