Although Uncle Harry and Aunty Pippa were widely tipped to be top of the list, they were left off – but did perform readings at the ceremony, attended by only 22 guests – just immediate family (including the Queen and Prince Philip), godparents with their spouses and Jessie Webb, the 72-year-old part-time nanny who also cared for William and Harry as children.
George kept his famous lungs quiet during proceedings, said insiders, and took the whole thing in his stride – even when water from the River Jordan was trickled onto his head.
The only royal or relative on his list of godparents is Zara Tindall, Princess Anne’s daughter. She and William have always been close and she is now expecting her own child.
Several old friends have been honoured – Oliver Baker was a friend of the couple at St Andrews University. Emilia Jardine-Paterson (formerly D’Erlanger) was at school with Kate and has known William for a long time.
William van Cutsem is from the very close van Cutsem clan, a family with four sons (William is the youngest) who have always embraced William and Harry, particularly after their mother died.
Earl “Hugh” Grosvenor is the son of the Duchess of Westminster (one of William’s godparents) and is set to inherit the title of Duke of Westminster – and is loaded. So that’s at least one impressive christening present coming George’s way.
Julia Samuel was a close friend of Diana’s and is a fellow patron of one of William’s charities, Child Bereavement UK.
And finally William has also chosen his former private secretary, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton. He has worked with William and Harry for years and his son was a pageboy at Kate and William’s wedding.
As for the magic number of seven, that’s one more than William had, but “They wanted to include family and friends and reflect their life on both sides,” a palace source said.