Yesterday Kensington Palace announced the godparents that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen for 11-week-old Prince Louis. The select few were honoured at Prince Louis’ christening.
Kate and William’s choice of godparents for Louis reflect their closest friends and relatives, although, like those who look out for the other children in the family, there are no siblings included.
They have also evened things up in some households, with spouses of previously-named godparents being included this time around.
Meet the godmothers…
Lady Laura Meade
Lady Laura Meade is James Meade’s wife, who is godfather to Princess Charlotte. She and James live close to the Cambridges and have joined the royal family for lots of little outings this summer in both Norfolk and Gloucestershire.
Hannah Carter is a friend of Kate’s, through Marlborough College. Married to Robert Carter, (Robert is also the brother of Sophie Carter — one of Kate’s closest confidants.) they live in the county of Norfolk, close to Anmer Hall, where William and Kate have their country home. Fun fact: the royal couple attended Robert and Hannah’s wedding on their own first wedding anniversary in June 2012.
Lucy Middleton is Kate’s cousin. She is the sister of Adam Middleton, who is one of Princess Charlotte’s godparents.
Meet the godfathers…
Nicholas van Cutsem
Nicholas van Cutsem is one of the four van Custem brothers, who are childhood friends of William and Harry. William van Cutsem is one of Prince George‘s godparents. The van Cutsems spent much of their childhood living at Anmer Hall, which is now the country home of William and Kate and their family. Nicolas is dad to royal bridesmaid Grace — who was memorably snapped covering her ears on the Buckingham Palace balcony when she was an attendant for William and Kate in 2011.
Fun fact: He is married to Alice Hadden-Paton (sister of Downton Abbey star Harry Hadden-Paton) and was the escort leading the Household Cavalry riders at William and Kate’s wedding.
Harry Aubrey-Fletcher is one of William’s closest school friends. At Eton, he was alongside William in the elite prefect’s group and was also an usher at the wedding of William and Kate in 2011. The royal couple were both at the Aubrey-Fletchers’ nuptials at Guards Chapel in London.
Guy Pelly is a longtime close friend of William, Harry and Kate. He was in the spotlight when for planning William’s bachelor party. William and Harry attended his stateside wedding in Memphis.