L-R: Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Zara Tindall and William van Cutsem [Getty]
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have revealed the names of Prince George's godparents ahead of his christening today and it looks like the wee nipper won't be short of a birthday present or seven. That's right, the royal baby's godparent count is just three away from double figures as Kate and William handpicked a dream team comprised of old school and university friends, the Prince's cousin Zara Tindall and former Private Secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.
William van Cutsem, a childhood pal of William's has made the list alongside Emilia Jardine-Paterson, an interior designer who attended Marlborough College with Kate. Next up is Oliver Baker a joint friend who studied at the University of St Andrews alongside the royal couple and Julia Samuel who was a close friend and confidant of The Princess of Wales, William's mother. And last but not least there's Earl Grosvenor - the son of The Duke of Westminster.
The choice of close acquaintances rather than other royals and foreign dignitaries is yet another signal that the Duke of Duchess of Cambridge are breaking with tradition as royal parents. Following the service today at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace the couple will host a private tea in Clarence House where guests will be served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from their wedding cake, originally designed by Fiona Cairns.
As well as the godparents, those in attendance will include The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Carole and Michael Middleton, James Middleton and Pippa Middleton.
Find out everything you need to know about Prince George's royal christening here.