Kit Cat’s Cathedral Christening

The 17th January 2015 was a special day for my family.  It was the day my niece (who shall be known as Kit Cat in this piece) got baptised in the almighty grandeur that is St Paul’s Cathedral, located right in the heart of the City of London.DSC_4664

History

The cathedral as we know it today, is the brainchild of prolific master-builder, Sir Christopher Wren, whose Neo-Classical design was consecrated in 1697 after the previous cathedral was decimated during the Great Fire of 1666.  It sits at the highest point of the city of London, on Ludgate Hill, and is one of the most iconic of London’s multitude of great monuments.DSC_4426DSC_4660DSC_4655DSC_4646DSC_4419

A Family Honour

Having the opportunity to be a part of this landmark’s history was all to the credit of my amazing mother, Vanessa, a retired physiotherapist, who was honoured by the Queen with an MBE in the 2010 New Years Honours List for her services to amputee rehabilitation.

Mum and dad at Windsor Castle for the MBE award by HM the Queen

Mum and dad at Windsor Castle for the MBE award by HM the Queen

 

Mum and dad in the OBE chapel following the ceremony (mum wearing the prestigious MBE medal!)

Mum and dad in the OBE chapel following the ceremony (mum wearing the prestigious MBE medal!)

The Main Event

Unlike the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981, or the funerals of the a Duke of Wellington and Winston Churchill in 1852 and 1965 respectively, the ceremony itself was held in the Chapel of the Order of the British Empire ( a.k.a the OBE Chapel), deep below the city’s ancient streets, in the cathedral’s crypt. DSC_4106DSC_4093DSC_4208DSC_4204DSC_4199Little Kit Cat was baptised in the glorious font with a beautiful gold-plated shell, serenaded by the tune of Cwm Rhondda on the magnificent subterranean organ.DSC_4150DSC_4108DSC_4115

The After-Party

The aptly named Wren Suite, provided the best canvas ever for my preparations for the after-party, with gorgeous masonry combined with a fabulous domed crypt area.DSC_4075

We set up a focus table with crisp white linen, wooden place mats and an array of delicate pastel flowers.  My trusted mini suitcase was brought out of storage as the card box, and the Fuji Instax proved another hit. DSC_4255DSC_4412DSC_4079DSC_4082Small candles and a ceramic white elephant were used to subtly refer to the classic children’s favourite Bible story, Noah’s Ark.DSC_4367DSC_4088

The catering team at Harbour & Jones were wonderful – the afternoon team was served in the circular crypt and my fairy lights looked divine draped over the immense silver chalice that sat at the round table’s centrepoint.DSC_4306DSC_4268DSC_4219DSC_4290DSC_4220

Following afternoon tea, the contingent headed down Fleet Street to the Punch Tavern for some well-earned, goldfish-bowl sized G&Ts, and a late evening meal near the Smithfield Market. DSC_4450DSC_4636DSC_4624

It was an AMAZING day!

Thank you to all the family and friends who made the journey to the Capital to share in Kit Cat’s big day!DSC_4254DSC_4323

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