At Wednesday’s royal christening, six people will become the proud godparents of Prince George. While the palace has yet to confirm who the half dozen are, royal watchers are speculating that some of the names include Will and Kate’s closest friends.
Traditionally, the role of a godparent has religious overtones. In many denominations of Christianity, a godmother or godfather is someone who sponsors a child’s official entrance into the church. For nonsectarian families, a godparent has historically been an individual chosen by parents to take an active interest in a child’s personal or character development.
But these days, more Americans may be eschewing the godparent tradition, opting only for a legal guardian in the event that something happens to both parents — over that “special aunt or uncle” who plays a symbolic role in a child’s upbringing.