With Prince George's christening fast approaching, the world is eager as ever to see the newest member of the Royal Family take part in this important tradition. (Not to mention witness the little prince's third public appearance since his birth!)
And although Prince William and Kate plan to break with common convention -- they've invited only close family and friends and have chosen non-royal godparents -- royal baptisms date back hundreds of years and have a long, proud heritage.
To celebrate Prince George's special day, we've rounded up some rarely-seen royal christening photos throughout the ages.
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