STAFFORDSHIRE’S Anglican Church leader has encouraged his flock to pray for the newly-baptised Prince George and his parents the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge.
The three-month-old heir was christened at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace yesterday.
The Right Reverend Johnathan Gledhill, who heads up the Lichfield Diocese as Bishop of Lichfield,
was among the nation’s Christians welcoming the little prince into the Christian fold.
Ahead of the ceremony he shared prayers for the royal baby and his parents on the Lichfield Diocese website.
He said: “The delight at the christening of a royal baby is making a big splash across the world. Prince George clearly has many expectations laid on him, including one day becoming Defender of the Faith.
“The best bit is that any baby can be christened in the Church of England whatever the shape of the family.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the arrival of new life.”
Each year more than 6,000 people - infants, children and adults - are baptised in the Lichfield Diocese, from North Staffordshire to the Black Country.