Kate Middleton and Prince William have named three godparents for their newborn baby Prince George, and their choices are a break from tradition.
Bypassing Prince Harry, Pippa Middleton, and the usual royal suspects, Will and Kate instead tapped three old friends from childhood and college:
- Fergus Boyd, a friend from the University of St. Andrews
- Emilia d’Erlanger, a long-term friend of Prince William who also has known Kate Middleton since their time at Marlborough College
- Hugh van Cutsem, one of his oldest childhood pals
No other members of the royal family have ever selected as godparents friends who didn't have royal ties. William and Kate: They're just like us!
There's talk, however, that George will have six godparents in all, meaning Prince Harry, Pippa Middleton and James Middleton still stand a good chance.
Still, pretty cool move on the royals' part as usual.
A godparent is supposed to serve as a spiritual guide for a child, as well as a caretaker in the event that something happens to the child's parents.
It can be a huge responsibility, especially to parents who choose to baptize their babies and who take the selection of a godparent very seriously.
William and Kate are very close to their siblings, so this isn't a snub. As we said, they may end up as godparents as well. But either way, it's interesting.
Do you like their decision to pick friends, as a symbol of their appreciation of them and for the friends' potential role in the life of Prince George?
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