seven godparents, but none as cool as his own mother, Kate Middleton, who became a godparent herself this weekend. On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their seven-month-old son, attended baptism services at St. Barnabas Church in Mayland, Chelmsford, for the child of an old university friend.
“I think my usual congregation were surprised at who was joining us,” Reverend Ken Dunstan told the Mirror. But while the presence of the royal family may have been somewhat shocking, Dunstan added that Middleton "did what I asked her to do, which was to make the promises that all godparents make," he told People. "She was here as a godmother, not as a princess.” During the 50-person intimate ceremony, Prince George was reportedly “very well-behaved.”
The 32-year-old duchess was one of four people tapped to become a godparent. This is just one more responsibility to add to Middleton’s regular and royal duties. In addition to being a new mother and serving as a patron to multiple charities throughout England, acting as a godmother in the Church of England (CoE) involves encouraging a godchild in his or her spiritual life. While the CoE doesn’t officially recognize a godparent’s role as legal guardian in the parents’ absence, it is a commonly held conception in the Catholic Church that godparents take in their godchild. The godparent also acts as a confidante, a friend, and someone that the child can turn to — and this responsibility doesn't change just because Middleton has an elevated status. "She was Kate first and just because she became a member of the royal family doesn’t change her friendships," royal expert Victoria Arbiter tells Yahoo Shine.
Meanwhile, Middleton is already a veteran at this godmother business; back in June, she was named "godmother" to the Royal Princess cruises.