While not all families choose to have a christening for their child, some do. Kate Middleton and Prince William, for instance, have had all three of their children – Prince George, now five, Princess Charlotte, now three, and Prince Louis, nine months – baptised in the past. It’s currently not publicly known as to whether the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton and her spouse James will choose to christen their son, Arthur Michael William Matthews. However, if they do, the royal, 37, may not be chosen as a godmother for one particular reason.
According to the Church of England, the role of a godparent is to watch over the child’s spiritual development, should anything happen to their parents.
For the young royals’ christenings, a number of friends and family members were announced as having been given the important job.
Amongst the list of many godparents are four fellow royals – including relative Zara Tindall – as well as 17 others.
While some speculated at the time about whether Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton – now Matthews – would be godparents.
However, royal correspondent Robert Jobson explained at the time why the pair hadn’t been likely choices.
This was because, as aunts and uncles to the youngsters, they would already spend plenty of time in the little ones’ lives.
Speaking about Prince George, fellow royal correspondent Claudia Joseph, agreed: “Pippa is his only aunt and Harry is one of his two uncles so they already have very important roles in his life.”
This means that if baby Arthur is baptised, as his aunt, Kate may not be the first in-line for a role as godmother.
However, it’s not known as to whether the youngster will be christened in the future, or whether he has already had a christening.
The Duchess of Cambridge recently opened up about life with the young royals.
Speaking at the offices of the charity Family Action in London last month, the mother-of-three addressed the challenges of being a parent.
“Everybody experiences the same struggle. It’s so hard,” the Duchess told volunteers.
“You get a lot of support with the baby as a mother particularly in the early days but after the age of one it falls away.”
Speaking during a tour of Sweden, they shared the little-known fact with IKEA’s head of design Marcus Engman.
Following the visit, he told members of the press: “I’m proud that we can suit everybody.”
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.