Amid all the buzz over Prince George's christening, there was plenty of excitement over his godparents, whose names were shared just hours before the ceremony. Veering from the monarchy's tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge picked close friends and family as their son's godparents rather than a group of royals and foreign dignitaries. Prince William's godparents, for instance, include King Constantine of Greece; King George V's daughter, Princess Alexandra; and the Duchess of Westminster. So who exactly are these special people whom Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen? Meet Prince George's seven godparents, including a family member and several friends.
Zara TindallZara Tindall (Phillips) is Prince George's only royal godparent. As the daughter of Anne, Princess Royal — Prince Charles's sister — Zara is Prince William's cousin, older by just a year. She's an Olympic equestrian, once named BBC sports personality of the year. Zara and William have been close since they were young, and she's expecting a baby of her own with her husband, rugby player Mike Tindall.
Jamie Lowther-PinkertonNow the part-time private secretary for Prince William and Kate, Jamie served full-time as the private secretary to both the couple and Prince Harry from 2005 to 2012, having helped plan everything from overseas tours to the royal wedding. The former SAS major is very close to the couple, and his son, William, was named a page for the royal wedding.
Julia SamuelJulia Samuel was a good friend of Princess Diana's, having named the late princess a godmother to her own son. She's a founder patron and trustee for a charity called Child Bereavement UK, and Prince William is also a patron. Her ties to Prince George also link back to St. Mary's Hospital, where the little prince was born, and she works as a maternity and pediatric counselor.
Keep reading to meet the rest of Prince George's godparents.