The christening of Prince George at St James's Palace in London was brought to a halt this afternoon when a Gypsy ran up to the baptismal font and snatched the infant Prince George from the arms of his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Before the stunned congregation could react the Gypsy ran out of the chapel and into a waiting horse drawn caravan which galloped away at full speed carrying the infant future king with it, hotly followed by the Archbishop of Canterbury who hoisted his cassock and gave chase waving his bishop's crook and shouting "Stop Thief" at the rapidly disappearing caravan.
Police are appealing for witnesses, especially anyone who might have seen a swarthy mediterranian looking man hanging around the entrance to St James's Palace selling clothes pegs and offering to tell fortunes.
A police spokesman said that no stone will be left unturned in the search for the heir to the throne of England and forces across the country will be carrying out searches of Gypsy camps looking for infants who do not resemble their parents and performing DNA tests on suspects.
Meanwhile the King of the Gypsies has announced the birth of his first born son and in answer to questions from the press admitted that the baby did look rather old for a newborn, but the the birth did actually take place a little while ago.