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William and Kate receive parenting advice from archbishop prior to Prince George's christening

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 12:25 p.m. MDT

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks with Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive with their son Prince George at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace on Oct. 23. Britain's 3-month-old future monarch Prince George was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London. (John Stillwell, Associated Press) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, right, speaks with Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive with their son Prince George at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace on Oct. 23. Britain's 3-month-old future monarch Prince George was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London. (John Stillwell, Associated Press)

A few short months ago, Prince William and Duchess Kate debuted their baby boy, Prince George, to the world on the steps of a London hospital. Excitement for Prince George's birth mounted long before he was born, fueling economic boosts and serving as a cause for celebration among many nations.

Now, three months later, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, the future ruler has been christened. In a new YouTube video, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby explained the process of a christening and shared counsel with the parents of the newborn.

"We celebrate first of all the joy of the parents. It's a wonderful thing, having a baby. All babies are unbelievably special, not only royal babies," Archbishop Welby said in the video posted on the Lambeth Palace YouTube page.

Archbishop Welby spoke of the "extraordinary reaction all over the world" after Prince George was born, explaining the importance of the event because Prince George will one day be the head of state. Archbishop Welby then noted that the baptism of the baby should be celebrated for a different reason.

In this July 23 photo, Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, hold the Prince of Cambridge, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on July 22. Prince William has described his joy at introducing newborn son to the world on the steps of a London hospital and his nerves about fitting the car seat securely into the Land Rover before driving off. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press) In this July 23 photo, Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, hold the Prince of Cambridge, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on July 22. Prince William has described his joy at introducing newborn son to the world on the steps of a London hospital and his nerves about fitting the car seat securely into the Land Rover before driving off. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, Associated Press)

"All through Christian history, being baptized meant you joined the family of the church, and that's what it means today. What a family. Almost 2 thousand million people around the world, that's an extraordinary thing. It means as a Christian you go almost anywhere around the world, and you'll find those to whom through baptism you're related."

The celebration for Prince George is about a gift from God, Archbishop Welby said. He added, "Baptism is, at its heart, about the gift of God, about God's gift of life — just ordinary physical life — but also the offer of spiritual life to all of us, of life forever."

When considering what advice to share with William and Kate, Archbishop Welby laughed about the amount of advice they have most likely already received.

Carole and Michael Middleton, the parents of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they arrive at St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London on July 23. (Lefteris Pitarakis, Associated Press) Carole and Michael Middleton, the parents of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, smile as they arrive at St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London on July 23. (Lefteris Pitarakis, Associated Press)

"One of the things I’m sure about is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George’s parents, have had so much advice that they could probably fill a house with it," Archbishop Welby said.

"My message to them would be: What a treat, what an amazing gift, what wonderful times that you will have. There'll be great times and tough times — there always are with children. Through christening, you're bringing God into the middle of it all."

William and Kate have previously expressed their excitement about parenthood. Just after exiting the London hospital, Kate shared her thoughts.

"It's very emotional. It's such a special time. I think any parent will know what this feeling feels like," she told journalists.

Toward the end of the YouTube video, Archbishop Welby welcomed any who felt inspired to be baptized to follow through with their feeling and to visit with a local congregation.

In this July 23 file photo, Britain's Prince William carries his son, George Alexander Louis, who was born the previous day, into public view for the first time outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. Palace officials said the third in line to the throne will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. (John Stillwell, Associated Press) In this July 23 file photo, Britain's Prince William carries his son, George Alexander Louis, who was born the previous day, into public view for the first time outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. Palace officials said the third in line to the throne will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. (John Stillwell, Associated Press)

"The great good news is that God doesn't care who we are. … God's love is offered without qualification, without price, without cost to all people in all circumstances always."

The YouTube video was published on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and as of Wednesday morning had more than 11,000 views.

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