Duchess of Cambridge becomes godmother to close friend’s baby son at intimate village christening
18 February 2014 09:00 AM By Victoria Murphy
Kate, 32, who became mum to Prince George last July, attended the baptism at the tiny picturesque St Barnabas Church in Mayland, Chelmsford, on Sunday
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The Duchess of Cambridge has been made godmother at the christening of a close friend’s baby.
Kate, 32, who became mum to Prince George last July, promised to guide her friend’s son in his spiritual life at an intimate service in Essex on Sunday.
More than 50 people packed into the tiny picturesque St Barnabas Church in Mayland, Chelmsford, for the service, where ordinary parishioners were stunned to see Prince William, Kate and baby George take their seats.
Reverend Ken Dunstan told the Mirror: “I think my usual congregation were surprised at who was joining us.
“My main concern was that I got the tone right for the family and for the baptism.
“I don’t normally pay a huge amount of attention to godparents as long as the godparents are there and willing to make the appropriate promises.”
He added: “She was there as a godparent not as a princess.”
Kate was one of four godparents who stepped forward during the service and promised to support her godson throughout his life.
And her own seven-month-old son was very well-behaved throughout the service.
Reverend Dunstan said: “There were several babies present and all were very well-behaved.”
He added: “The couple said they wanted four godparents but weren’t quite sure whether one would be available.
“Then later the father rang me to say the other godmother is available, it’s a friend from uni.
“Then he told me who it was.
“I got the impression that a number of the congregation had been to the same university.”
Kate and William made many close friends during their four years at St Andrews University where, away from the spotlight, their romance blossomed.
They chose one of their best university friends, Oliver Baker, to be godfather at Prince George’s christening last October.
The prince was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a private service at the Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace attended only by his immediate family and seven godparents.
However, Sunday’s service was open to the usual St Barnabas congregation who joined in with hymns including Morning Has Broken, O Let the Sun of God Enfold You and In Water We Grow.
The reverend changed the readings of the day, set by the Church of England, to make them more appropriate for a christening.
He said: “They were about cutting out your arm to cause you to sin and gaugeing out your eye to cause you to sin…I decided that wasn’t quite what we wanted.”
Instead he read from the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus describes his followers as the salt of the earth.
Before the royals arrived, protection officers were spotted checking out the nearby graveyard.
The family were back in London by dinner time as Prince William was the guest of honour at the BAFTAs on Sunday night.