The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named Zara Tindall and six other friends as the godparents of Prince George.
The names were revealed ahead of the christening of the future king and supreme governor of the Church of England at St James’s Palace later today.
His other godparents include William and Kate’s former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who continues to serve part-time as their principal private secretary and equerry.
The guest list is still secret, but it was announced that only immediate family members of the ceremony will be attending – thus definitely the queen and her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, and William’s brother Harry and Kate’s sister Pippa, both as two traded a total of six patents.
According to the “Sunday Times” to William and Kate have also asked Boyd and Emilia d’Erlanger to serve as escorts. The four had once lived together in a shared apartment. Williams also oldest friend Hugh van Cutsem is therefore on the list. The Prince and he know each other since childhood. William himself is sponsored by van Cutsems daughter.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby will perform the ceremony lasting about 45 minutes. The spiritual leader of the Anglican Church expressed his hope that the profession of faith will be an inspiration to other parents. “All babies are something incredibly special, not only Royal babies,” he said in a video message.
As a photographer Jason Bell has been committed, who has photographed celebrities such as Paul McCartney, Scarlett Johansson and David Beckham. Notwithstanding the traditions, the couple had shortly after birth on 22 July, an entirely non-professional, but very touching photo of himself and George published that had made Kate’s father Michael Middleton.
Since its birth on 22 July was the Prince only once been seen in public when his parents took him home from the hospital. At that time he slept. Now is eagerly awaited, as the third party of the British throne has changed in recent months. There are numerous onlookers in front of the St. James’s Palace has, the cameras are ready. Already, hundreds of bets were placed on questions such as: Who will carry out George? What color will have the dress of Catherine?
Historical significance will be a photo that should be made today. Then the British Queen Elizabeth II is shown with three heirs to the throne: her son Prince Charles, 64, grandson of Prince William and the great-grandson of Prince George. Recently there had been such a four-generation picture almost 120 years ago under Queen Victoria.
Alastair Bruce added: “The Queen decided a number of years ago that the original gown was no longer in a fit state to be used for christenings and so had a new one made, first worn by the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son at his christening.”
The Lily font used by the Archbishop will be brought to the Chapel Royal from the Tower of London where it is normally housed as part of the crown jewels.
Not expected to attend the christening are family members Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who have other commitments.
Former Daily Mirror photographer Kent Gavin took the official photographs at Prince William’s christening and realised one vital shot was missing.
“I was told not to approach the Queen, but when I realised they’d forgotten to have the Queen Mother hold Prince William, I had to say something,” he said.
“The Queen called the Queen Mother into the Music Room, she put her drink down and Diana passed Prince William to her. That’s how we got an award-winning shot.”
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