Prince George Gets not Six, but Seven Godparents

Once again, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have broken with royal tradition and selected seven friends and family members to be Prince George’s godparents.

Today, Kensington Palace announced that the future head of the Church of England will be christened in the presence of only the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, and Michael Middleton.

Additional guests will include George’s godparents and their spouses, who will join the family after at Clarence House for tea and a slice of the top tier of William and Catherine’s wedding cake, a British tradition.

The Godparents include:

Mr Oliver Baker, who attended St. Andrews University (most were close, but no cigar with Fergus Boyd).

Emilia Jardine-Paterson (formerly D’Erlander), who attended Marlborough College with Catherine (she was a frontrunner).

Earl Grosvenor, who I don’t believe was on anyone’s list.

Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a shoe-in, given that he was Private Secretary to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry from 2005-2012 ,and continues to serve part-time as Principal Private Secretary and Equerry.

Julia Samuel, a close friend of the Prince of Wales.

Zara Phillips, who is William’s cousin and expecting her first child in the new year.

William van Cutsem, Hugh’s younger brother (William is his daughter’s godfather) and a close family friend of Charles and his sons.

Some were surprised to see that Thomas van Straubenzee, who is one of William’s best friends, was not selected as a godparent. Then again,

Prince George will wear a replica of the Honiton lace robe, lined with white satin and  first made in 1841 and worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, the Princess Royal.  The original was worn by Her Majesty and her children and grandchildren, with the exception of Prince Edward’s youngest son, Viscount Severn.  He was the first of the Queen’s grandchildren to wear the replica, designed by HM’s private dressmaker, Angela Kelly.

Water from the River Jordan will be used to baptize the heir over a Lily Font, a silver baptismal font which was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  It was first used at The Princess Royal’s Christening in 1841 and has been used at every Royal christening since then.

The christening will take place today at 3pm BST inside The Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace.