Sunday 23 November 2014

Prince George christening: Pippa and Prince Harry off the godparents list

Gordon Rayner

Published 23/10/2013 | 10:08

ZARA Phillips, the Duke of Cambridge's cousin, is the only member of the royal family named as a godparent to Prince George.

She is one of seven godparents chosen by the Duke and Duchess, joining old friends from their school and university days, as well as members of the aristocracy, on the list.

However many have surprised at the omission of  Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton.

A close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales has also been chosen as a godparent for today's service at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, where the Princess lay at rest before her funeral in 1997.

Among the more predictable names on the list are Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the Duke and Duchess's principal private secretary, who has worked for the Duke since 2005, and William van Cutsem, one of the Duke's oldest friends.

The other names on the list, however, were not widely predicted. They are Oliver Baker, a friend of the Duke and Duchess who was at St Andrews University with them, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, who was at Marlborough College with the Duchess, Earl Grosvenor, the son of the Duke of Westminster, and The Hon Julia Samuel, who was a close friend of the Princess of Wales.

Kate and William with Prince George
Kate and William with Prince George
Pippa and James Middleton, the sister and brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the christening of Prince George at St James's Palace in London
Mike and Zara Tindall leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Pippa and James Middleton leave the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Mike and Zara Tindall arrive at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London for the christening of Prince George of Cambridge
Carole Middleton leaves the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury
Prince Harry leaves the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George by the Archbishop of Canterbury
Michael Middleton leaves the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, central London, following the christening of Prince George
Pippa and James Middleton, the sister and brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speak with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
Royal Fan William Willis in his home made coat outside the gates of St James's Palace in London waiting for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge.

Just 22 guests will be at the intimate service - the godparents and six spouses (Earl Grosvenor is not married), the Duchess's parents and two siblings Pippa and James, and the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.

Prince George will wear a handmade replica of the Honiton lace royal christening robe, the original of which dates back to Victorian times, and will be baptised with water from the River Jordan in the Lily Font at the Chapel Royal.

Royal Fan Terry Hutt shows off his signs outside the gates of  St James's Palace in London as he waits for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Royal Fan Terry Hutt shows off his signs outside the gates of St James's Palace in London as he waits for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
File photo dated 26/03/13 of Major Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton being made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Lowther-Pinkerton has been named by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as one of the godparents of their son Prince George. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Royal Fan William Willis outside the gates of St James's Palace in London waiting for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Royal Fan William Willis outside the gates of St James's Palace in London waiting for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Royal Fan William Willis in his home made coat outside the gates of St James's Palace in London waiting for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
A general view of the interior of the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace in central London, where Prince George of Cambridge will be christened. Prince George will be christened during a ceremony that will be both a private family occasion and a historic event. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby will be welcomed into the Christian faith surrounded by his immediate family and the close friends of his parents. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
A general view of the interior of the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace in central London, where Prince George of Cambridge will be christened. Prince George will be christened during a ceremony that will be both a private family occasion and a historic event. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby will be welcomed into the Christian faith surrounded by his immediate family and the close friends of his parents. John Stillwell/PA Wire
John Loughrey a Royal enthusiast who has been camped outside St James's Palace since Sunday where he hopes to see three-month-old Prince George, as he will be christened tomorrow afternoon at a private ceremony attended by family and friends. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
The front of the Premier Christian Radio Christening card signed by 5,000 listeners, outside the main entrance to St James's Palace in central London, where three month old Prince George will be Christened tomorrow afternoon, at a private ceremony attended by family and friends. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 22, 2013. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Royal Fan John Loughrey with Anne Daley and her dog Camilla outside the gates of St James's Palace in London waiting for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Royal Fan Terry Hutt shows off his card outside the gates of St James's Palace in London as he waits for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Royal Fan John Loughrey with a cake outside the gates of St James's Palace in London as he waits for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Royal Fan Terry Hutt shows off his card outside the gates of St James's Palace in London as he waits for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
The world's media start to set up their positions outside the gates of St James's Palace in London as they wait for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
The world's media start to set up their positions outside the gates of St James's Palace in London as they wait for the start of the christening of Prince George of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/03/09 of the Duke of Cambridge with Julia Samuel at a reception of The Child Bereavement Charity, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named Julia Samuel and six close friends as the godparents of their son George. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: David Bebber/The Times/PA Wire

Following the service, which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will give a private tea in Clarence House where guests will be served slices of the christening cake, which is a tier taken from the Duke and Duchess's wedding cake.

Official pictures by the photographer Jason Bell will be taken in Clarence House and released to the media on Thursday night.

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) and Prince Charles with Prince William on the day of William's christening, held in the music room of Buckingham Palace, London, England, Great Britain, 4 August 1982. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) and Prince Charles with Prince William on the day of William's christening, held in the music room of Buckingham Palace, London, England, Great Britain, 4 August 1982. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Zarzuela Palace, Madrid. 1968. Baptism of Crown Prince Felipe of Spain. Prince´s godmother, great-grandmother Queen Victoria Eugenia, and godfather, grandfather Don Juan of Borbon and Battenberg. The ceremony was officiated by Madrid Archibishop, Casimiro Morcillo. (Photo by Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images)
British Royalty, The christening of Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, 1926, Group, back row, L-R: Duke of Connaught, H,M,King George V of Great Britain, Duke of York, Earl of Strathmore, Front row, L-R: Lady Elphinstone, H,M,Queen Mary, Duchess of York and baby, Countess of Strathmore, Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles (Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1926, The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) pictured with their daughter (later, Queen Elizabeth II) as she sleeps in a precious christening robe, which has been used in the Royal Family for generations (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
HRH The Princess Anne and her daughter Miss Zara Phillips on the occasion of her Christening at Windsor Castle on 27th July 1981, this picture was used subsequently as a family Christmas card. (Photo by Lichfield/Getty Images).
Miss Zara Phillips on the occasion of her Christening at Windsor Castle on 27th July 1981 with her parents and grandparents. Front row (left to right) HM The Queen, HRH The Princess Anne holding Miss Zara Phillips, Mrs Peter Phillips, back row (left to right) Mr Peter Phillips, Captain Mark Phillips and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. (Photo by Lichfield/Getty Images).
LONDON: Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales with Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother at the christening of baby Prince William at Buckingham Palace, London in August 1982. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
SANDRINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Princess Eugenie's Christening At Sandringham Church. Her Mother, The Duchess Of York, Is Giving Her A Kiss As Prince Andrew Looks On. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: King Constantine And Queen Anne-marie Of Greece At The Christening Of Their Daughter, Princess Theodora, In London. Beside Them Is Their Son, Prince Nikolaos of Greece (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: King Constantine And Queen Anne-marie Of Greece At The Christening Of Their Daughter, Princess Theodora, In London. Beside Them Is Their Son, Prince Nikolaos of Greece (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 15: Prince William With His Godchild, Konstantine Alexios Of Greece Held By King Constantine Of Greece At The Greek Cathedral Of Saint Sophia In London. Prince William's Arm Is Bandaged And In A Sling Following A Rugby Injury To His Fingers. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 15: Prince William With His Godchild, Konstantine Alexios Of Greece Held By King Constantine Of Greece At The Greek Cathedral Of Saint Sophia In London. Prince William's Arm Is Bandaged And In A Sling Following A Rugby Injury To His Fingers. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BARNWELL, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 13: Duchess Of Gloucester With Her Son The Earl Of Ulster And Baby Lady Rose Windsor After Her Christening. Behind Is Lady Sarah Armstrong-jones, Godmother (Photo by TIM GRAHAM/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 20: Christening Of Princess Beatrice Of York At The Chapel Royal, St James Palace, London (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 15: Prince William Holding His Godson, Konstantine Alexios, At The Baby's Christening At The Greek Cathedral Of Sophia In London. (Photo by Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS: Catharina-Amalia, the daughter of Dutch crown prince Willem-Alexander and Princes Maxima, in the St-Jacobs church during her christening in The Hague 12 June 2004. AFP PHOTO PHOTO/POOL/ROBIN UTRECHT (Photo credit should read ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images)
21st October 1950: Princess Elizabeth with her baby daughter Princess Anne who is wearing the Royal christening robe made of Honiton lace. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
18th November 1947: Lieutenant Mountbatten, the Godfather, with Lady Brabourne and her baby son after the christening. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) holding her son Prince Charles after his christening ceremony at Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
The Duke of Kent, George Edward Alexander Edmund, with the Duchess and their children (later the Duke and Princess Alexandra) at the christening of their third baby (Prince Michael). Original Publication: People Disc - HF0600 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
John Ambler (1924 - 2008) with Princess Margaretha of Sweden holding their three week old daughter Sybilla Louise Ambler, after Sybilla's christening at St. Pauls' Church, Knightsbridge, London, 6th May 1965. (Photo by George W Hales/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Royal Family Of Greece: Constantin Ii, Anne-Marie Of Denmark And The Baptism Of The Princess Alexia. Athènes- 1966- Devant le palais, portrait du couple royal CONSTANTIN II, en uniforme militaire, et Anne-Marie DE DANNEMARK, en robe élégante de style traditionnel, debout, tenant leur fille, la princesse Alexia en robe blanche. (Photo by Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images)
Orthodox Baptism Of The Crown Prince Paul Of Greece. En Grèce, en juin 1967, La reine ANNE-MARIE de Grèce, posant assise à la sortie de l'église orthodoxe, tenant dans les bras son fils, le prince héritier PAUL de Grèce lors de son baptême. A ses côtés, de gauche à droite : SOPHIE de Grèce, la reine mère FREDERIKA de Grèce, une personne non identifiée, la princesse IRENE portant la princesse ALEXIA , le roi CONSTANTIN de Grèce. (Photo by Jean Tesseyre/Paris Match via Getty Images)
Orthodox Baptism Of The Crown Prince Paul Of Greece. En Grèce, en juin 1967, La reine mère FREDERIKA de Grèce, tenant son petit-fils dans les bras, lors de la cérémonie de baptême à l'église orthodoxe. (Photo by Jean Tesseyre/Paris Match via Getty Images)
The Christening Of Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark'S Son Christian Valdemar Henri John At The Palace Chapel, Christiansborg Palace, Followed By A Reception In The Great Hall. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 22: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel of Sweden attend the christening of their daughter and new Swedish heir to the throne Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden at The Royal Palace on May 22, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Chris Jackson/WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 05: A photograph taken at the christening of the infant Prince George of Kent, the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Included in the group are the King and Queen ( who also celebrated her birthday on August 4th), Queen Mary, the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, the Duke and Duchess of Kent with their children, King Haakon of Norway, the King of the Hellenes, Prince Bernhard and the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway. (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)
GREECE - OCTOBER 01: The royal family of Greece at the baptism of Nicola, son of Constantine II of Greece - Date of Photo: 1969 ca. (Photo by Team/Alinari via Getty Images)
MONACO - SEPTEMBER 21: Baptism of Charlotte Casiraghi In Monaco, Monaco On September 21, 1986 - Rainier, Andrea and Caroline. (Photo by Patrick SICCOLI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Princess Caroline and husband Stefano with Prince Albert (future Albert II) and Laura Casiraghi at christening of Prince Pierre of Monaco december 28, 1987 . On Albert's kneel : Princess Charlotte and near her Prince Andrea . (Photo by RDA/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997), Prince Charles and their two sons Prince William and Prince Harry, attending the christening of Princess Beatrice at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, England, Great Britain, 20 December 1988. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - APRIL 14: Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark pose after the christening of their twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine at Holmens Kirke on April 14, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
SPAIN - OCTOBER 04: Princess Elena and Jaime of Marichalar Spain on October October 04, 1998. (Photo by Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NORWAY - OCTOBER 21: Princess SONJA holding her child Princess MARTHA-LOUISE on her christening in Oslo. The ceremonay took place in Oslo Royal Palace's chapel. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Princess Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Henrik at the christening of their son Prince Frederik in Copenhagen on June 24, 1968. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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