Prince George christened, 7 godparents named


Prince George made his first public appearance in three months Wednesday, October 23, as he arrived with his parents, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, for his christening at St. James's Palace.

George was dressed in an elaborate lace and satin christening gown that is a replica of one made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter.

Photo from BBC News UK

The names of Prince George's seven godparents have been announced ahead of his christening.

They are Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall.

Paterson, who uses her maiden name d'Erlanger in her working life as an interior designer, attended Marlborough College with the duchess.  

Grosvenor is the son of the Duke of Westminster.

Pinkerton served as private secretary to the duke and duchess and Prince Harry from 2005-2012, and is still principal private secretary and equerry on a part-time basis.

Samuel was a close friend of the duke's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and is a trustee of charity Child Bereavement UK, which Prince William has supported.

Van Cutsem is a childhood friend of Prince William, Baker went to St Andrews University with the duke and duchess.

Tindall, wife of former England rugby international Mike Tindall, is Prince William's cousin.

The venue for the christening has a special significance for Prince William. The body of his mother, Diana, rested in the Chapel Royal for five days before her funeral in 1997.

After the service, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, held a private tea at Clarence House. The guests were served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from William and Catherine's 2011 wedding cake.

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