By George, it’s a Royal thanks to Sunderland pupils

Pupils from St Paul's CE Primary School with their letters from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Pupils from St Paul's CE Primary School with their letters from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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THANK-YOU letters have brought a smile to the face of schoolchildren excited for today’s Royal christening.

As the baptism of Prince George takes place in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, the proud parents took some time out to write to Wearside pupils.

Year 2 children from St Paul’s CE Primary school in Ryhope have, since returning to school in September, been swotting up on all different aspects of the Capital.

Part of their London studies have included discussing the Royal family.

So, with the imminent christening of the family’s latest addition, the children wrote letters sending their congratulations to Kate and William.

And to their delight, the St Paul’s pupils this week each got a response.

Pupils from St Paul's CE Primary School with their letters from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.'Brandon Gill, 6, was just one of the pupils to get a special Royal acknowledgement.

Pupils from St Paul's CE Primary School with their letters from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.'Brandon Gill, 6, was just one of the pupils to get a special Royal acknowledgement.

Rihanna Matthews, six, said: “We asked lots of questions, like does George have a golden dummy and does he get on with Lupo, the dog.

“We all thought that he looked really cute in the photos.”

The replies, addressed to each individual child, and bearing the distinctive crest of the Buckingham Palace stamp, will now form part of the class display.

They contain a picture of William, Kate and George, along with a message of thanks. Class teacher Jackie Graham said: “This was the perfect opportunity to bring the topic, we have been studying, to life for our children.

“They were engaged, surprised and delighted by their arrival in the post.”

The baptism of Prince George was due to take place at 3pm today and last about 45 minutes, Kensington Palace said.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, and former Bishop of Durham, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will perform the christening at the private service.

The prince, who was born on July 22 at St Mary’s Hospital in London, is third in line to the throne.

High-ranking royal babies including the Queen, the Prince of Wales and Prince William have been christened at Buckingham Palace in the recent past.

Princess Beatrice was the last royal baby to be christened at the Chapel Royal, in December 1988.