by Terri Pous
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So far, Prince William and Kate Middleton (oops, we mean Duchess Catherine) have steered clear of grand family traditions, Royal Wedding aside, of course. Immediately following their historic wedding, they moved into a cottage in the Welsh countryside, hired no outside help, and William went back to work as a search and rescue pilot for the Royal Air Force.
When their son, 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.
Unsurprisingly, Prince George's christening today was small, a noticeable shift away from the larger ceremonies that his father and grandfather enjoyed at Buckingham Palace. Those in attendance included Prince Charles Prince Harry, Carole and Michael Middleton, James and Pippa Middleton, and the seven godparents William and Kate chose for their son, the future king.
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William and Kate did partake in one time-honored custom during the relatively low-key ceremony-guests were served slices of christening cake-a tier taken from their 2011 royal wedding cake.
The eight-tier confection was crafted by all-star London cake baker Fiona Cairns. It was a fruitcake covered in cream and white icing and decorated with up to 900 delicate sugar paste flowers. Cairns and her team worked for five tireless weeks on the cake, which was displayed at the Buckingham Palace reception, held in the picture gallery.
If Kate's long-sleeved lace Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress is all you remember from the Royal Wedding, we don't blame you. It definitely overshadowed her wedding cake, which would have the biggest news of any other bash.
We're glad to hear that they're still enjoying the opulent creation two-and-a-half years later. So many 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.