Prince William’s godmother is one of the Queen’s closest friends and advisers

The Duke of Cambridge was born on June 21, 1982 and christened at Buckingham Palace. He was given six godparents, including a European monarch and the Queen’s close friend.

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Prince William was christened at Buckingham Palace in 1982

In the past, the godparents of a royal baby could only be foreign heads of state, other royals, or at least high-ranking members of the aristocracy.

In addition, many senior royals have been in high demand to act as godparents themselves, for example Queen Victoria had around 58 godchildren and the current Queen has 29.

But like many elements of today’s society, the royal family has moved with the times. Many royals’ godparents are now more of a mix of friends of the couple and foreign dignitaries.

When Prince William was born in 1982, deciding who would become his godparents broke with a centuries-old tradition.

One of the honorees is Lady Susan Hussey, a valued member of the Queen’s inner circle and considered one of her closest friends.

Prince William at his christening with his godparents including Lady Susan Hussey (standing behind Diana, Princess of Wales)


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Confirmation of Prince William in 1997 with the Queen and many of his godparents, including Lady Susan Hussey (standing, second left)


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Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was born on June 21, 1982 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. He is the eldest son of the Prince and Princess of Wales and a grandson of the Queen.

Prince William was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace on August 4 and had three godparents and three godmothers.

The honorees were King Constantine II of Greece, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Westminster, Lady Susan Hussey, Norton Knatchbull, 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Prince Charles’ mentor, Sir Laurens van der Post.

While there was significant representation from royalty and nobility, the list broke with tradition previously established with royalty such as the Queen and Prince Charles.

Lady Susan Hussey’s appointment was a special tribute to her decades of service to the Queen.

Lady Susan, 82, is a long-time maid of honor to Her Majesty but originally joined the royal household in 1960 to help answer letters.

Lady Susan has worked with The Queen since 1960


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Lady Susan Hussey was chosen as Prince William’s godmother


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She quickly rose through the ranks and has been one of the Queen’s closest friends ever since.

Lady Susan is the youngest daughter of the 12th Earl and Countess of Waldegrave and was married to the Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors, Marmaduke Hussey, from 1959 to 2006.

She was already a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and was promoted to Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 2013.

Lady Susan was also honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Household Long and Faithful Service Medal and holds the 30, 40, 50 and 60 year bars.

The Queen personally asked Lady Susan to sit next to her in her car when she attended Prince Philip’s funeral in April. She was last pictured attending the memorial service for the late Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey in March.

Prince William with his godchild


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The Duke of Cambridge himself has three godchildren, the eldest of whom is Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark, who was born in New York City on October 29, 1998.

He is the eldest son of Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece. His older sister is Princess Maria-Olympia and his younger brothers are Prince Achileas-Andreas, Prince Odysseas-Kimon and Prince Aristidis.

Constantine was baptized in a Greek Orthodox ceremony on April 15, 1999 at St Sophia’s Cathedral in Bayswater, London.

The ceremony was memorable for many because Prince William, then just 16, had his arm in a sling following surgery to repair a broken finger sustained during a rugby match.

Prince William also has two other godchildren. The first of these is Thomas Pettifer, the now 18-year-old son of William’s former nanny, Alexandra “Tiggy” Pettifer (née Legge-Bourke).

His last godchild is fondly remembered as ‘the grumpy bridesmaid’ for the look on her face on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the 2011 royal wedding. Grace van Cutsem was just three years old when she performed as the flower girl at her godfather’s wedding.

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