A Royal Christening

Release date: 7 January 2014

The christening of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was an intimate affair, with less than 30 guests. It was held in the small Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace on 23 October 2013 and was attended by his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II and his grandfather, the Prince of Wales. Other guests included his mother’s father and his great-grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince George was born on July 22 2013 in London's St. Mary's Hospital and is now third in line to the British throne, following his grandfather and father. George was wrapped in a replica of the christening robe used by the royal family since 1841. He was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury and his seven godparents included his father’s cousin, Zara, friends of his parents and a close friend of his grandmother, the Princess of Wales.

There have already been six British monarchs called George – the last being the Queen's father, George VI. Louis is also another favourite royal name having been the name of Lord Mountbatten, the uncle of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Stamps

60c Royal Christening 2013

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are shown with Prince George following the christening ceremony. The photograph is by Jason Bell

$2.60 International Royal Christening 2013

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge are shown with Prince George following the christening ceremony. The photograph is by Jason Bell

Minisheet

The miniature sheet features a decorative floral design in damask style.

Designer

The designer is Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio featuring official photographs by Jason Bell/Camera Press London. Among Jo’s previous stamp issues are the Diamond Jubilee Queen’s Birthday issues for 2012 and 2013.

Additional Products

  • Sheetlet of 5
  • First day cover
  • Stamp pack
  • Maxicards
  • Stamp booklet of 10
  • Stamp and coin cover (UK coin)
     

Technical Details

  • Issue date

    7 January 2014
  • FDI withdrawal

    4 February 2014
  • Denomination

    1 x60c, 1 x $2.60
  • Stamp design

    Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Product design

    Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Photographer

    Jason Bell
  • Paper (gummed)

    Tullis Russell
  • Printer (gummed)

    McKellar
  • Printing process

    Lithography
  • Stamp size

    26mm x 37.5mm
  • Minisheet size

    106mm x 70mm
  • Perforations

    14.6 x 13.86
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • National postmark

    George Town, Tas 7253
  • Issue withdrawal date

    31 July 2014

*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.