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23/10/2013 05:41 BST | Updated 23/10/2013 08:39 BST

Prince George's Godparents Include Zara Tindall And Six Friends

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named Zara Tindall and six other close friends as the godparents of their son Prince George.

She is the only member of the Royal family to be named by the couple, in a break with tradition.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, the part-time private secretary of the Princes of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge, is another of the sextet of godparents. The former SAS Major has been a constant presence at William and Kate's side for the past eight years, before retiring in September.

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The godparents of Prince George has been named

Julia Samuel, a close friend of Diana Princess of Wales, will be another. William has been a key support of Samuel's charity, the Child Bereavement Trust. Diana was godparent to Samuel's son Benjamin.

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Oliver Baker, a fellow St Andrews student and Emilia Jardine-Paterson, a friend from Marlborough College, are both pals of the couple, named godparents.

William Van Cutsem, one of Prince William's oldest childhood friends, will also be a godfather to Prince George.

Earl Grosvenor, a close chum of Prince Harry, will also be a godfather.

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Only five senior members of the Royal family were invited to Prince George's christening, the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Harry, along with the Middleton family and the godparents.

In the past, godparents of royal babies high up the line of succession have mostly been selected from the older generations of royals, particularly grandparents and great-grandparents or from those with close connections to the royal establishment.

William's six godparents were: King Constantine II of the Hellenes; Lord Romsey; Sir Laurens van der Post; Princess Alexandra; the Duchess of Westminster; and Lady Susan Hussey, Lady in Waiting to The Queen.

The Prince of Wales's eight godparents were: his grandfather King George VI; his great-grandmother Queen Mary; his aunt Princess Margaret; his paternal great-grandmother Victoria, Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven; his great-uncle the Hon David Bowes-Lyon; Lady Brabourne, daughter of Earl Mountbatten of Burma; and his great-uncles King Haakon of Norway and Prince George of Greece.

The Queen's six godparents were: her paternal grandparents King George V and Queen Mary; her maternal grandfather the Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne; her aunts Mary, Princess Royal, and Lady Elphinstone; and her great-great-uncle Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught.