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Ever since they sped off in a horse-drawn carriage after the Royal Wedding to End All Royal Weddings, Prince William and Duchess Catherine (whom we still fondly refer to as Kate) have been laying pretty low. Right after they said "I do", the world's most buzzed-about couple moved into a cottage in the Welsh countryside with no outside help, and William went back to work as a search and rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force.
Kate and Wills have shied away from grand gestures when it comes to their son, too. When Prince George was born in July, Prince William broke with tradition and assisted in the labor room. Then, for the family's first portrait, Kate's father took a casual snapshot of the newly minted royal trio in the Middleton's backyard.
So we weren't surprised to learn that Prince George's christening today was small, a noticeable shift away from the larger ceremonies that his father and grandfather enjoyed at Buckingham Palace. On the guest list? Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Carole and Michael Middleton, James and Pippa Middleton, and the seven godparents William and Kate chose for the future King of England.
William and Kate did partake in one time-honored custom during the relatively low-key ceremony: Guests were served slices of christening cake, taken from their eight-tier 2011 royal wedding cake. If you can believe it, it's a fruitcake—a far cry from the brick-like creation your aunt rolls out during the holidays—covered in cream and white icing and decorated with a whopping 900 sugar paste flowers. All-star London baker Fiona Cairns and her team worked for five tireless weeks on the cake, which was displayed in the picture gallery at Kate and Will's Buckingham Palace reception.
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We're glad to hear that they're still enjoying the opulent creation two and a half years later. Lots of brides and grooms save the top tier of their wedding cake for their first anniversary, but the future King and Queen of England clearly had plenty to spare.