Old Ellesmerian Named as Prince George’s Godparent

A former student of Ellesmere has been given the honour of being named one of Prince George's seven godparents. Earl Grosvenor, who studied at Ellesmere College between 2000 and 2009, attended the prince's christening. The earl, otherwise known as Hugh Grosvenor, attended the christening at St James's Palace in London where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by close friends and family. His father, the Duke of Westminster, is a good friend of Prince Charles and there are close links between the families. The other godparents are Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Julia Samuel, William van Cutsem and Zara Tindall. After the announcement of godparents Earl Grosvenor said: "I am deeply honoured and delighted to have been asked to be a godparent to Prince George."

Nick Pettingale, Director of External Relations at Ellesmere said: "I am sure that Hugh was thrilled to be asked by Will and Kate to be godparent to Prince George. Hugh attended Ellesmere College for nine years, coming up through our Lower School and into the Sixth Form. He was an exceptional student and was a well-respected school prefect. We have a very special relationship with all our former pupils. Many 'Old Ellesmerians' return to address our Sixth Form students, including Lady Edwina, Hugh's sister who will be with us in the New Year. We, as a school are delighted for Hugh and also send our very best wishes to the new prince."

25th October 2013  Back to News