LONDON – Britain’s Prince William and his wife Katherine have broken with royal tradition and selected childhood and college friends to be the godparents of their son, Prince George, The Sunday Times newspaper reported on the weekend.
The baptism of Prince George of Cambridge, who was born July 22 in London, will take place on Oct. 23 in the Royal Chapel of St. James Palace in the British capital, although the royal family still has not officially announced the names of the godparents.
Nevertheless, the newspaper said that William and Kate have selected Fergus Boyd, a friend of the prince from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, as one of Prince George’s godparents along with two childhood pals, Kate’s friend Emilia d’Erlanger and William’s friend Hugh van Cutsem.
Apparently, the decision was made because the royal couple believe their friends will provide more stability and a sense of normality to Prince George, who is third in line for British throne after Crown Prince Charles and William.
The choice flies in the face of royal tradition, since princes, above all princes who are in line for the throne, have always had other princes or kings as their godparents.
In the case of William, the Duke of Cambridge, former King Constantine of Greece is his godfather.
William also broke with royal tradition by choosing the chapel at St. James Palace – and not Buckingham Palace – as the site of his son’s baptism.
British media recently confirmed that the baptism ceremony will be an intimate one for only the newborn prince’s closest relatives, including Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, as well as Kate’s parents, and William and Kate’s siblings.
The first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was born in the maternity ward of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital, an event that garnered huge media attention.