The royal parents will choose a mix of longtime friends and family members to look after their daughter

By Simon Perry
Updated July 02, 2015 10:00 AM
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Princess Charlotte will be christened this Sunday, and like her big brother Prince George, she will be looked after by a hand-picked group of godparents.

The palace will announce the list on the big day, but PEOPLE has rounded up the likely candidates that the royal parents might choose to be godparents.

Prince Harry: He may be in Africa undertaking conservation work, but Charlotte’s uncle is still a favorite among odds-makers. (And what kid wouldn’t want him as a godfather?)

Pippa Middleton: Her middle name is, yes, Charlotte and she is already a doting auntie. And should the little princess ever want a running partner, Pippa is always game.

Tom van Straubenzee: Overlooked last time, he and fellow Prince William pal James Meade were key ushers at William and Kate’s 2011 wedding, conducting the fun speech that was a foil to Harry’s more straightforward toast. (The buddies also did a “double act” show at William’s 21st birthday party bash at Windsor Castle.) Van Straubenzee, who is married to Melissa Percy – her parents own the Northumberland estate that doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films – attended Ludgrove prep school with Prince William.

James Meade: Known in the royal circle as “Badger,” he lives relatively close to Anmer Hall with his wife Laura. It was at the wedding of Meade’s brother Harry that William and Kate emerged in the autumn sunshine just before they confirmed they were set to marry. Meade was a classmate of William’s at Eton College.

Sophie Carter: An ex-girlfriend of van Straubenzee, Sophie Carter has joined Kate at tennis and chaperoned her at an annual carol concert soon after her engagement to William was announced in November 2010.

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Hannah Carter (née Gillingham): An old Marlborough College chum, she is married to Robert Carter, Sophie’s brother.

Charlie Mayhew: The chief executive of Tusk Trust, a conservation charity William has backed since 2005. He and Kate got engaged in the area around Lewa Downs in Africa, where Tusk Trust begun its operations 25 years ago.

[IMAGE “13” “” “std” ]Guy Pelly: The “court jester” who publicly denied ever being a godparent candidate for Prince George despite wide speculation. As Kate prepared at home to have Charlotte, Pelly and his Texan wife Lizzie visited the royal couple.

Sophie Wessex: The wife of Prince Edward (whose brother is William’s dad, Prince Charles) has a friendly relationship with Kate, and her daughter, Lady Louise, was famously a bridesmaid in William and Kate’s wedding.

Trini Foyle: An old school friend of Kate’s from Marlborough College, she was at Kate’s side during her brief split from William in 2007. Fiercely loyal, she has never spoken about Kate publicly. The two have been spotted taking walks with Kate in Kensington Gardens.

Tiggy Pettifer: Princess Diana had a strained relationship with the woman who would look after her young sons when they were with their father after her split from Prince Charles in 1992. A jolly, fun-loving woman from a family steeped in royal life (her mother is a lady-in-waiting to Princess Anne), she chose Harry to be godparent to one of her sons.

Adept at all country pursuits, including hunting, she runs a bed and breakfast fishing school in Wales. Her involvement could balance the choice of Diana’s friend Julia Samuel as a godmother to Prince George two years ago.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie: The daughters of Charles’s brother Prince Andrew, they grew up largely alongside William and Harry. Eugenie has a special connection to Charlotte’s baptism: She was the last royal baby to be christened at St. Mary Magdalene church, back in 1990.

Emily Hutt: The daughter of Princess Diana’s sister, Sarah McCorquodale, she is close to William, along with fellow cousin Laura Pettman, and choosing her would be another way to honor William’s late mum.

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