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This morning, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child at St Mary’s Hospital in London. Kensington Palace confirmed via Twitter that the royal couple welcomed their second son at 11.01am who weighs in at 8lbs 7oz.
And the exciting news got us questioning, who will the royal couple choose to be their newborn son’s godparents?
Although we will have to wait until the royal baby’s christening to learn the couple’s decision, speculation as to who will make the final cut is already rife.
Who are Prince George’s godparents?
Before his christening on 23 October 2013, it was announced that Prince George would have a grand total of seven godparents.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose Prince William’s cousin Zara Tindall, Princess Diana’s close friend Julia Samuel, the royal couple’s former private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkenton and family friend, Hugh Van Cutsem, to take on joint responsibility.
The son of the Duke of Westminster, Earl Grosvenor and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s university pals, Emilia Jardine-Paterson and Oliver Baker, also made the cut.
Who are Princess Charlotte’s godparents?
In a more informal decision making process, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted for close friends and family when it came to choosing Princess Charlotte‘s godparents.
It was announced ahead of her christening on 5th July 2015, that the royal couple had hand-picked five people to take on joint responsibility.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s school friend Sophie Carter, the daughter of one of Princess Diana’s sisters Laura Fellowes and two of Prince William’s oldest friends, Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade, made the cut.
And in a surprising move, the Duchess of Cambridge’s cousin, Adam Middleton, was also chosen as a godparent despite rumours that the couple would choose sisters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice to take on the role instead.
Who will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge choose to be the new royal baby’s godparents?
The nation will not learn who the royal couple has chosen to be the godparents of their third child until the day of the christening but speculation is already rife.
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding set to take place on May 19, it’s important not to rule out the soon-to-be newlyweds. Set to take on the role as auntie and uncle, the couple may well be chosen as godparents (they will be neighbours after all).
Though royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams disagrees. In an interview with the Express, he speculated that it is ‘possible Beatrice or Eugenie might be a godparent to the new baby’. Though he also added that ‘emphasis could be firmly on their close friends’.
But who’s in the runnning?
It’s interesting to note that William van Cutsem is one of Prince George’s godparents so the royal couple may well ask one of his siblings to take on the prestigious role.
His brother, Hugh, is married to Rose van Cutsem and the couple’s daughter Grace was the cheeky bridesmaid who stole the attention at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 nuptials. Note: Prince William is Grace’s godfather so he may well return the gesture.
The royal couple may also bestow the title on some of their old school friends. Names in the running include the Duchess of Cambridge’s Marlborough College pals: Alice Avenel, Catriona Foyle and Hannah Carter.
While, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s former university flatmates – Olivia Bleasdale and Fergus Boyd – also stand a good chance.
If the couple decide to opt for a family member instead, it’s highly likely that Prince William will choose one of late Princess Diana’s sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale or Lady Jane Fellowes.
Other possible contenders include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s former personal assistant Helen Asprey or Prince William’s childhood nanny, Tiggy Pettifer.
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