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Prince George Christening: William, Kate Ask 7 to Be Godparents

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By Newsmax Wires   |   Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 09:26 AM

Prince George will be christened on Wednesday at a major royal family gathering, and Prince William and Kate have asked seven people to be godparents to Prince George.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip plan to attend the christening of Prince George Wednesday at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace, along with Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Prince Harry and other royals, according to the Associated Press.

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Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton and her sister Pippa and brother James are also on the guest list for Prince George's christening.

Prince George's godparents include close friends from their university days, a friend of William's late mother, Princess Diana, a childhood chum of William, and a school friend of Kate's.

Prince George's godparents are: Oliver Baker, a friend from St. Andrews University; Emilia Jardine-Paterson, who went to the exclusive Marlborough College with Kate; Earl Grosvenor, who is the son of the Duke of Westminster; Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former private secretary to the couple; Julia Samuel, described as a close friend of the late Princess Diana; Zara Phillips, who is William's cousin, and William van Cutsem, a childhood friend of William.

Charles and Camilla plan to host a private tea after Prince George's christening at their Clarence House residence.

Prince George, who was born July 22 and is third in line for the British throne, will be christened by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Some royal watchers have camped outside the palace for more than 24 hours to obtain a good vantage point for watching the guests arrive, but the christening will be private.

William and Kate have hired photographer Jason Bell to take official pictures of Prince George's christening, including a historic multi-generational photograph of the queen with three future monarchs: her son Charles, her grandson William and her great-grandson Prince George.

The official photographs of Prince George's christening are expected to be released to the public the day after the christening.

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