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Kate Middleton, Prince William Irk Royals, Dignitaries at Christening

Commoners Move to Front of Line at Blessed Event

Kate Middleton cradles Prince George at his christening. Commoners outnumber Royals in the audience.

Kate Middleton cradles Prince George at his christening. Commoners outnumber Royals in the audience.

Kate Middleton and Prince William were so determined to keep Prince George’s christening an “intimate family affair,” they snubbed a slew of royals, including his own uncle, Prince Edward. And, that’s not the only way the broke with tradition.

Most of the royal uncles, aunts and cousins were not invited, but William and Kate did invite their nanny.

Among notables who were snubbed were William’s aunts, Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex and uncles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

They also broke with tradition by holding the christening at St. James Palace. Prince William and his brother Prince Harry were both christened in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, according to a royal history.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also decided not to include foreign leaders and other dignitaries as godparents for their three-month old son. Instead they chose from among old school friends, most of whom are commoners.

Kate Middleton, Prince William Show Off Son
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The lone royal in the group is Prince William’s cousin Zara Tindall, 31, the second-eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II. She’s been married since 2011 to Mike Tindall, 35, a bruising English rugby player and also a commoner.

Among the god parents are Kate’s old classmate Emilia Jardine-Paterson, and family friend William van Cutsem, according to the palace.

Also named are Oliver Baker, a University friend; William and Prince Harry’s Private Secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the Duke of Westminster’s son Hugh Grosvenor and Julia Samuel, a friend of Prince Wiliam’s late mother Princess Diana.

“I think they are both very keen to choose people as godparents, who are normal themselves and aren’t foreign royal grandees who this child would have nothing in common with,” said Roya Nikkhah, who follows the royal family.

In contrast, Prince William’s guardians, named by his father Prince Charles, includes the customary Dukes and Duchesses and dignitaries, according to ABCNews.

In all, William had six godparents: former King Constantine II of Greece (his paternal cousin); Princess Alexandra, aka Lady Ogilvy (his paternal cousin); the Duchess of Westminster; Lady Susan Hussey; Lord Romsey (his paternal cousin) and Sir Laurens van der Post.




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