How Prince George's christening broke royal tradition

It involves his godparents.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton may be the modern face of the monarchy, but they're not ones to revolutionise the whole institution in one go.

That's why they held a mostly "very traditional" christening ceremony for their first-born, Prince George, in 2013. Still, they brought in some personal touches that were more unexpected, according to one royal author.

"The list of godparents, seven in all, represented something of a break with tradition," writes Valentine Low in his new book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown (via Express).

"Most of them were old friends of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, rather than being drawn from the ranks of royalty, as might have happened in the past," Valentine adds.

"Only one member of the Royal Family made the cut, Zara Tindall, and she did not even have a title."

By contrast, Prince William's godparents included a former King and a Lord, according to MyLondon.


"But one of the more significant names, and certainly the most anticipated, was that of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton," Valentine continues.

"By then, he had stepped down as private secretary but was still working one day a week as an adviser to William, Kate and Harry."

According to the Royal Family website, the full list of George's godparents is: "Mr Oliver Baker, Mrs David Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor (Hugh), Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, The Hon Mrs Michael Samuel, Mrs Michael Tindall [Zara] and Mr William van Cutsem."

Jamie was perhaps the only member of royal staff who actually became close friends with his employers, which explains why he was given the honour of being a godfather to baby George. His son Billy was also made a pageboy at William and Kate's 2011 wedding, alongside the groom's cousin Lady Louise Windsor, Princess Margaret's granddaughter Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Camilla's granddaughter Eliza Lopes and others.

Iris Goldsztajn
Iris Goldsztajn is a celebrity and royal news writer for Marie Claire. As a London-based freelance journalist, she writes about wellness, relationships, pop culture, beauty and more for the likes of InStyle, Women's Health, Bustle, Stylist and Red. Aside from her quasi-personal investment in celebs' comings and goings, Iris is especially interested in debunking diet culture and destigmatising mental health struggles. Previously, she was the associate editor for Her Campus, where she oversaw the style and beauty news sections, as well as producing gift guides, personal essays and celebrity interviews. There, she worked remotely from Los Angeles, after returning from a three-month stint as an editorial intern for in New York. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she interned at goop and C California Style and served as Her Campus' national style and LGBTQ+ editor. Iris was born and raised in France by a French father and an English mother. Her Spotify Wrapped is riddled with country music and One Direction, and she can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.