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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 October 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Stillwell/pool  (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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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