Royal family members 'not invited' to Prince George's christening

Royal family members 'not invited' to Prince George's christening

October 11, 2013, 10:50 am Gemma Garkut newidea

Royal rift? New report reveals key members of the royal family will not attend George's christening.

Royal family members not invited to Prince George s christening
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Since the Palace's official announcement of royal baby Prince George's christening date last week, a new report has surfaced that not all of the key members of the royal family will be attending the milestone family event.

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According to the Daily Mail, Prince William's aunts Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will not be attending, as well as uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who currently sit at fifth and eighth in line for the throne. Princess Anne is 11th in the line of accession.

When asked whether William's aunts and uncles had been invited to the event in the first place, a royal source told the Mail:"All I can say is that the christening will be an intimate affair," a royal source told the Daily Mail.GALLERY: Who will be the royal godparents?

Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal at Will & Kate's royal wedding, April 2011. Source: Getty


Kensington Palace refused to comment last night, saying: "We will announce the full guest list in due course when we are ready to do so."Guests rumoured to be attending include Wills' longest-serving advisor Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, his best friend Thomas van Straubenzee and ex-royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.Other expected attendees include Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and some Middleton family members.
Following tradition, the christening will be a private ceremony, however official photos of baby George and parents Duchess Kate and Wills will be taken and released to the public afterwards.The Archbishop of Canterbury told the BBC he is 'delighted' at his royal responsibility:GALLERY: The challenges of being royal"I am delighted to be invited to conduct the baptism of His Royal Highness Prince George," he said."It is a great privilege and honour and will without doubt be an occasion of immense joy and celebration."I am looking forward to welcoming him into the family of the church."PHOTOS: Celebrities react to royal baby newsGeorge will be dressed in a lace and satin gown during his christening, a replica of the gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841, the BBC reported.

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