Prince William’s christening (1982)
August 4, 1982: Prince William was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie, in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. It was on this day that Prince William’s impressive godparents were revealed: the former King Constantine of Greece, Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy, the Duchess of Westminster, Lady Susan Hussey, Lord Romsey, and Sir Laurens van der Post. Prince William had to share the spotlight with his great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, as his baptism was also on her 82nd birthday. Princess Margaret stirred up some family drama when she would not interrupt her trip to Italy to attend the event stating, “The christening of your nephew’s child isn’t the most important occasion of the year.” Her husband, Lord Snowden, stayed behind and took the official portraits marking the occasion.