Meet the Odds-on Favorites to Be the Next Royal Godparents
WHO TO CHOOSE?
Will and Kate are rarely strict followers of royal protocol; they spend Christmas with Kate's family and William just became the first heir to the throne to take up a "normal" job. But when it comes to naming royal godparents, the couple has to stick to tradition. "This is not different from last time," royal historian Robert Lacey tells PEOPLE. "After all this is the spare, who will for a large number of years, be the number two." But while they must adhere to royal decorum, the modern-thinking couple will also select meaningful figures in their own lives.
THE FAMILY FUNSTERS, PIPPA & HARRY
Odds: 6-1, 4-1
Neither Pippa or Harry made the cut last time around, so this could be the siblings' shot at royal godparent glory. And the odds are in their favor: "They normally like to pick someone from the family," Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, tells PEOPLE. As a royal himself, Harry is the obvious choice, but considering Kate's close relationship with her family, Pippa is one watch as well. However, Lacey adds that they may skip the two simply because they already have the titles of 'aunt' and 'uncle.' "As brother and sister they are effectively godparents to both children," he says. "William and Kate run their family in such a close, integrated way."
THE CELEB POWER COUPLE, DAVID & VICTORIA
Odds: 50-1, 500-1
David and Victoria Beckham may rival William and Kate's power couple status across the pond, but the pairs are actually longtime friends, too (Posh and Becks attended the royal wedding back in April 2011). And 3-year-old Harper would make an adorable playmate for the soon-to-be big brother George. But don't get too excited: Lacey says he'd be "very surprised" if either were selected.
FERGIE'S GIRLS, BEATRICE & EUGENIE
One cousin (Princess Anne's daughter Zara Tindall, née Phillips) made the cut last time, so we may be seeing another cousin given the title in round two. The favorites? Princess Beatrice or Eugenie, Prince Andrew's daughters and professional fascinator wearers.
THE NOD TO DAD, LAURA LOPES
When picking George's godparents, Will and Kate made sure to remember Will's mother Diana by asking Julia Samuel, a close friend of the late Princess of Wales, to be a godmother. This time, the Duke and Duchess may want to recognize someone with a Charles connection, like Laura Lopes, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's daughter.
KATE'S BFFS TRINI, ALICE & HANNAH
Odds: 12-1, 16-1, 8-1
While there are plenty of boxes to check, Will and Kate proved last time that, like Diana, they want to their child's godparents to be a blend of traditional and more modern choices, meaning friends are fair game. For George, Kate chose Emilia Jardine-Paterson, a close friend from her teen days at Marlborough College. If the Duchess chooses to select a friend to be a godparent for her second child, the frontrunners are Trini Foyle, Alice Avenel or Hannah Carter.
THE PRINCE'S POSSE, TOM, BATIAN, JAMES & CHARLIE
Odds: 10-1, 20-1, 10-1, 20-1
If the couple selects one of Kate's pals, they may have to pick one of William's lads, too, like Tom van Straubenzee, Batian Craig, James Meade or Charlie Savory, all of whom are close with the Duke.
THE CHILDHOOD CAREGIVER, TIGGY
Another choice could be Tiggy Pettifer (née Legge-Bourke), who was a royal nanny to William and Harry in their childhood. She's stayed close with both of the princes through adulthood, and this tight-knit relationship would make her a "hot choice," Seward says.