Today Princess Charlotte was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Magdalene’s Church, Sandringham.
The Cambridge family walked down to the church from Sandringham House, Priness Charlotte in a vintage Milson pram, used by The Queen for her two youngest, Princes Andrew & Edward.
Crowds, which The Duke and Duchess had welcomed outside the church, gleefully cheered as members of the Royal Family arrived. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were the Royal guests, and Michael and Carole Middleton, and their children, Charlotte’s aunt and uncle, Pippa and James, also attended.
Prince Harry is currently working in Namibia on his ‘dream job‘ in conservation, and so could not be in Norfolk.
Charlotte wore the replica lace gown made by Angela Kelly, The Queen’s dressmaker. It is based upon the gown Queen Victoria had made in 1841 for her first born, Princess Victoria, and was also worn by Prince George in 2013.
Prince George today wore a strikingly similar outfit to that of his father in 1984, when he visited newborn brother, Prince Harry. The outfit has been identified as Rachel Riley however.
Hyms for the 30 minute service included ‘Praise to the Lord’, ‘Come Down, O Love Divine’.
William and Catherine chose five godparents: Sophie Carter (close friend of Catherine’s), James Meade (William’s close friend), Adam Middleton (Kate’s cousin), Laura Fellowes (a maternal cousin of William’s), and Thomas van Straubenzee (a childhood friend of William’s). Prince George had seven.
At the service, the Lily Font – part of the Crown Jewels kept at The Tower of London – and water from the River Jordon were used to welcome Charlotte into the Church of England. It is believed this is the first time a part of the Crown Jewels has left London.
Queen Victoria had the font commissioned for her first born, as the one used traditionally christened Charles II’s illegitimate children Victoria wanted to disassociate from this and so had another created.
St Magdalene’s is where Lady Diana Spencer was christened in 1961, and Princess Charlotte also bears her late grandmother’s name; Princess Eugenie was also welcomed into the church here.
Following the baptism, guests were invited back to Sandringham House for tea by Her Majesty. There, they were served a slice of the christening cake, which is a tier of William and Catherine’s wedding cake, made by Fiona Cairns.
The cake featured 9 tiers in Ivory icing, with floral decorations to represent the UK: roses, daffodils, shamrocks and thistles. This reflected The Duchess’ wedding dress, also bearing the same emblems in the lace.
Here, the official christening photos were taken by acclaimed photographer, Mario Testino. The Crown Chronicles will update you when they are released!