Prince George's christening will be a 'small intimate affair'
10 OCTOBER 2013
As Prince George's christening date looms, rumours about who will be on the guest list continue to swirl.
Although it remains to be seen who has been invtied, Prince William and Kate Middleton have hinted at what kind of ceremony they will be hosting for their baby boy on 23 October.
"We are not giving details of the guest list at this stage," the couple's spokesperson said. "All we are saying is that it will be a small intimate affair with close family and others, which include godparents."
Shortly after George's grand entrance into the world, aides said there was no royal protocol that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to follow for the occasion.
In the past, royal babies including Prince William have been christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace, with only close family, godparents and friends in attendance.
The last member of the family to be christened in St James's Palace was William's cousin Princess Beatrice in December 1988.
No details have yet been announced of George's godparents, but it's thought he will have six.
Among those tipped for the honour are Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry, William's best friend Thomas van Straubenzee, former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, ex-nanny Tiggy Pettifer née Legge-Bourke, and Kate's Marlborough friend Alicia Fox-Pitt.
Hugh van Cutsem - whose father recently passed away - is also in the running. His daughter Grace was a bridesmaid when the Duke and Duchess tied the knot, and the little girl is also William's goddaughter, making it all the more likely he'll return the favour.