Prince George's godparents to be non-royals, report says

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, with their son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, England. (August 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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In a break with tradition, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, reportedly have chosen non-royals to be godparents of their infant son, Prince George.

The Times of London, citing palace sources, says the couple has named three of six planned godparents, all longtime friends.

Generally, Britain's royal parents have chosen other members of royalty, with William's own godparents including former Greek King Constantine II and Princess Alexandra, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.

One of those the paper named, financier Fergus Boyd, 31, went to Eton with William and shared a house at St. Andrew's University with him and Kate, who were roommates before becoming a couple.

Another who may have been chosen, according to The Times, is Hugh Van Cutsem, 39, whose daughter Grace, the flower girl at the royal wedding, is William's godchild.

Also said to be named is interior designer Emilia d'Erlanger, 31, a friend of the duchess' from Marlborough College.

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Prince George's baptism is set for Oct. 23 in the Royal Chapel of St. James's Palace. This, too, is a break with the tradition of having christenings take place in Buckingham Palace, where William, his father Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II, all were baptized.

Aside from the godparents, the guest list of about 60 will be close family only, said British media.

The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh, are scheduled to be there, as are the duke and duchess' parents and siblings.

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