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Kate Middleton and Prince William are preparing for the christening of their son scheduled for October 23 at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace and reports claim the event will be small and intimate.
The royal couple, who welcomed the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis on July 22, have reportedly invited a select number of guests to attend the christening however some royal family members did not make the cut.
Reports claim that in an effort to keep the service "more personal," only immediate family and close friends have been invited. As a result, William's aunts and uncles, including Princes Andrew and Edward, Edward's wife Sophie of Wessex and Zara Phillips' mum, Princess Anne, were not included on the guest list, according to Daily Mail UK.
"The christening will be predominantly a private occasion but there will be parts of it where photos and footage are released," a Palace source told EntertainmentWise.
William and Middleton, both 31, are expected to select three godmothers and three godfathers ahead of Prince George's baptism. The selected godparents are expected to attend the upcoming christening of Prince George.
"Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Prince George will take place on Wednesday, 23rd October at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace," an official statement obtained by Yahoo News read. "Prince George will be christened by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby."
Among the list of potential godparents to Prince George, who has been nicknamed "Georgie" by his parents, is William's younger brother Harry and Middleton's younger sister Pippa and brother James.
Other potential godparents include William's cousins Peter and Zara Phillips; his best friend from Ludgrove prep school and Eton, Thomas van Straubenzee; Middleton's best friend from Marlborough, Alicia Fox-Pitt; and the children of the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, according to Hello magazine UK.