A christening set for a Prince!
The big day has arrived for Prince George. The royal tot’s christening will take place today, October 23, at 3 p.m. at the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace in London, England. Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s firstborn will be baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most. Reverend Justin Welby.
The Prince will not wear the historic royal christening gown—as worn by 60 royal babies, including Prince William and Prince Charles for the last 168 years—but will instead wear a replica, E! News reports. The one-of-a-kind Honiton lace and white satin gown was created in 1841 by Janet Sutherland.
While it has been confirmed that Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will not be present, Prince George’s aunt and uncle, Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry, will be in attendance. As well, both sets of George’s grandparents are expected to attend the “low profile and personal” christening.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are breaking from the tradition of choosing royal family members to be godparents, instead asking close friends. And there are seven of them:
• Zara Tindall (née Phillips), 32, William’s cousin and Olympic equestrian, is the one and only royal on the list.
• Oliver Baker, a college friend of the royal couple.
• Emilia Jardine-Paterson (née D’Erlanger), went to Marlborough College school with Kate and is a longtime friend of William’s.
• Earl “Hugh” Grosvenor, 22, the son one of William’s own godparents, the Duchess of Westminster. As the heir to the Duke of Westminster, he is one of Britain’s richest men.
• Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, 53, who as private secretary to the couple and Prince Harry from 2005-2012, helps to plan their public lives. He is now serving them part-time as Principal Private Secretary and Equerry.
• Julia Samuel, was a close friend of Diana, the Princess of Wales, and a founder patron Child Bereavement U.K.
• William van Cutsem is the youngest of the four van Cutsem brothers. He provided much-needed family support to William and Harry after their mother died in 1997.
“It was entirely their choice, their personal preference,” a palace spokesperson tells PEOPLE of not choosing royals as godparents. “There was no set number that they had to choose and have gone with seven people. They wanted to include family and friends and reflect their life on both sides.”