Prince George Will Have 7 Godparents

Ahead of Prince George’s christening, the palace has announced the names of future King of England’s godparents.

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The names of Prince George’s godparents have been released ahead of his christening later this afternoon.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that the Prince will have seven grandparents, including Prince William’s cousin, Zara Phillips.

The Godmothers:

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- Zara Phillips, Prince William’s cousin (above)
- Julia Samuel, a close friend of William’s mother, Princess Diana
- Emilia Jardine-Paterson, a friend of Kate’s from Marlborough College

The Godfathers:

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- Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the couple’s former private secretary (above)
- Earl Grosvenor, the son of the Duke of Westminster
- William van Cutsem, a childhood friend of William
- Oliver Baker, a friend from St. Andrews University

Prince George’s christening will take place in a private ceremony at 3 p.m. in the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace. The Archbishop of Canterbury will perform the service the the Most Reverend Justin Welby will be performing the christening.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be in attendance, along with Prince George’s grandparents, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Middletons, as well as Prince Harry.

Official photographs of christening won’t be released until tomorrow.

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