Anyway, yesterday was a special day as Monty was christened at Temple Church in central London. As Hugo received a post on his christening at the same place in July 2010, I thought it only fair that Monty received similar treatment. As I said before, "the Temple" now is the name given to the Inner Temple and Middle Temple, which are two of England's four "Inns of Court" which, in practical terms, are collections of lawyers (specifically, barristers rather than solicitors). Lawyers set up shop in the area early in the 14th century, but the Temple began life as the English headquarters of the Knights Templar. Temple Church was consecrated in 1185 by Heraclius, Patriarch of Jerusalem in the presence of Henry II. The "Round Church", to which the rectangular Chancel was added some years later, was designed to be a replica of the Church of the Holy Sepulcre in Jerusalem. It was in the Round that Monty was baptised and the church's Master (the priest of the church still bears the title of the head of the military order) explained that to people in the 12th century being in a replica of the Holy Sepulcre was, in effect, almost as good as being in Jerusalem itself. When the Templers fell from grace in 1307 the Church and its adjoining monastic buildings were appropriated by King Edward II who then handed the Temple over to the Knights Hospitaller. The Hospitallers in turn rented out some of the area to the lawyers whose successors have remained there ever since.
Here are the Kiwi, the boys and their English godparents (the others being in NZ):
Hugo's very pleased with himself after blowing out Monty's christening candle:
We hired entertainment for the 20-odd children and babies, which enabled parents to have a relatively peaceful and undisturbed lunch. So well done "Artful Splodgers" of Essex - we couldn't have done without you. (Hugo loved his first experience of "Wii", although I have no idea what it is.)
And the Parliament Room, where the lunch was held (Bencher Allison on the left):
So next weekend it's Hugo's 4th birthday party, with more nanny trials and then the Christmas panto, followed by Hugo's family birthday party, and then the street party (indoors, I hope), followed by the nursery Christmas get-together and the pre-school play in which Hugo is a donkey, and then we collapse into the plane for NZ. I have about 60 figures to paint before then.