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Hollywood Photographer to Record British Prince's Christening

A handout picture released on August 19, 2013 by  Kensington Palace shows Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with their newborn baby boy, Prince George of Cambridge, Tilly the retriever (L), a Middleton family pet
A handout picture released on August 19, 2013 by Kensington Palace shows Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with their newborn baby boy, Prince George of Cambridge, Tilly the retriever (L), a Middleton family pet
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A British photographer known for his portraits of rock stars and Hollywood actors was named on Tuesday as the official photographer of the world's newest celebrity - Prince George.
 
Prince William and his wife Kate have chosen Jason Bell to photograph the christening on Wednesday, October 23, of their son, the third-in-line to the British throne, a palace statement said.
 
Bell, 44, is an award-winning photographer best known for portraits of celebrities such as musician Paul McCartney, footballer David Beckham, James Bond actor Daniel Craig and Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman.
 
“The royals have become global celebrities but being the one photographer there could be a bit daunting for Jason Bell,” said Mark Stewart, a photographer specializing in royals.
 
As well as the christening, Bell is expected to shoot the first portrait of four generations of the royal family in more than 100 years, with Queen Elizabeth, her son Prince Charles, grandson Prince William and great-grandson Prince George.
 
British media said Bell had been chosen over other top photographers including John Swannell, who took official pictures of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last year, and South African Jill Edelstein, who has photographed Nelson Mandela.
 
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the Church of England, will conduct the private, 45-minute service in the Chapel Royal of the 16th century St. James's Palace in central London.
 
The room is where Elizabeth I said prayers before the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1588, where Charles I received communion before his execution in 1649 and where Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840.
 
“It gives you the sense of forward looking, of the forwardness of history as well as the backwardness of history,” Welby said.
 
“As a nation we are celebrating the birth of someone who in due course will be the head of state and that is extraordinary.”
 
Other details of the christening, such as the guest list and identity of the godparents, remain secret. Some official photographs will be released on Thursday.

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