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This is who the new royal baby’s godparents will likely be

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 15/04/2018 Laura Hampson

© Provided by Getty The Duchess of Cambridge is likely to give birth any day now – but who will the new baby Cambridge’s godparents be?The godparents are generally announced just before the christening, so it will be a few months before we find out yet, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have previously opted for close friends and family members to take on the roles.

Prince George, 4, their first child and third-in-line to the throne, has seven godparents while younger sister Princess Charlotte, 2, has five – so it is likely their younger brother or sister will have five also.

George's seven godparents included Julia Samuel - a close friend of Princess Diana - the couple's former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton and William's cousin Zara Tindall, while Charlotte's five included Kate's school friend Sophie Carter, and Laura Fellowes - the daughter of one of Diana's sisters.

Some possible contenders for the new baby’s godparents include one of the van Custem brothers – who are old family friends of Prince William. William van Cutsem is one of George’s godparents, so the couple may ask one of his siblings - Hugh, Edward or Nicholas - or perhaps Hugh's wife Rose van Cutsem.

© Provided by Reuters The Duke is godfather to Hugh and Rose's daughter Grace, who was a bridesmaid at the royal wedding (the one who stole the show by covering her ears as the jets flew overhead).

Old friends of the Duchess’s from Marlborough College Catriona Foyle, Alice Avenel, Alicia Stoddart and Hannah Carter are also likely picks. As is jockey Sam Waley-Cohen and his wife Bella, William's school friend Tom Sutton and his wife Harriet, heir to Viscount Allendale, Wentworth Beaumont and his wife Vanessa, Lady Iona Hewitt; and Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, an old friend of Kate's.

The Duke and Duchess’s former university flatmates, Fergus Boyd and Olivia Bleasdale, could also be contenders as could William’s cousin, and Princess Anne’s son, Peter Phillips.

Other suggestions include the Duke's former nanny Tiggy Pettifer, William and Kate's former personal assistant Helen Asprey - or perhaps one of Diana's sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, or another of William's cousins via the Spencer family line.

Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge posing for the camera © Provided by Evening Standard Limited Meghan Markle, who is set to marry Prince Harry in May, will be the little one’s aunt and could also be in the running for the ‘godmother’ title.

After all, Meghan lives with Harry in the Kensington Palace grounds so would be close by ...

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