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Royal baby helped keep London in spotlight

These awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings by those that really matter - travellers themselves.

There is no doubt the birth of the royal baby helped keep the eyes of the world on London in 2013, but the capital's continued appeal among travellers around the world surpasses any one event.

– James Kay, TripAdvisor

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Royal watchers wait in the rain for baptism

Two royal fans who have been camping outside St James's Palace yesterday afternoon told Daybreak that they were willing to spend hours in the rain because they love the royal family.

The two royal fans said they both loved the royal family and often came down for big events.
The two royal fans said they both loved the royal family and often came down for big events.

Draped in a Union flag one royal watcher said she often came to London for royal events: "I love William and Kate and Harry and I was at St Mary's for Prince George being born and I felt I had to come here."

Another royal fan added: "I just love the royal family."

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Prince George to be christened in Chapel Royal

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital with Prince George. Credit: PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son Prince George will be christened later in front of close family and friends of his parents.

The three-month-old baby, who will one day be king, will be baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, in the little known Chapel Royal at St James's Palace this afternoon.

Read: Prince George's christening to be held in historic Chapel Royal

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are expected to be at the ceremony along with the Prince of Wales, who has become a grandfather for the first time, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

Kate's family - parents Carole and Michael Middleton and siblings Pippa and James - are thought to be invited, along with the godparents who, like the guests, have not been publicly named.

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Prince George 'is our greatest tourist attraction'

The Evening Standard's 'Power 1000' is drawn from all sectors and walks of London life - from finance, to theatre, technology, media and politics - the list is selected by a panel of London Evening Standard reporters and critics.

London is a magnet for the rest of world and our newest power resident, Prince George, is a timely symbol.

He is our greatest tourist attraction, along with his great grandmother, which is why he has been chosen this year as the first among Londoners.

– Sarah Sands, Editor

'Most influential' people in London, numbers 11-20

  • 11 Princes William & Harry
  • 12 Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
  • 13 Natalie Massenet, Net-a-porter founder
  • 14 Bernard Hogan Howe, Met Police Commissioner
  • 15 Sir Nicholas Hytner, National Theatre
  • 16 The Queen
  • 17 Harry Styles, One Direction
  • 18 Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 19 Sir Paul Nurse, Royal Society President
  • 20 Cara Delevingne, model

The top 10 'most influential' people in London

The full list of 1,000 names of London's most influential people will be released tonight by the Evening Standard. These are the names that made it into the top 10.

  • 1 Prince George
  • 2 Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
  • 3 Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor
  • 4 David Cameron, Prime Minister
  • 5 George Osborne, Chancellor
  • 6 Theresa May, Home Secretary
  • 7 Duchess of Cambridge
  • 8 Andy Murray, tennis player
  • 9 Ed Miliband, Labour leader
  • 10 Sir Peter Hendy, Transport Commissioner

Prince George crowned 'London's most influential person'

Prince George has been crowned the most influential person in London, in the Evening Standard's annual 'Power 1000 list'. The eight-week-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was chosen because he has become the capital's biggest global ambassador.

Prince George in the safe hands of the Duke of Cambridge
Prince George in the safe hands of the Duke of Cambridge Credit: Press Association

The young Prince eclipsed Mayor Boris Johnson who topped the list of the most influential people in the capital a year ago.

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