Prince William and his lovely wife, Kate with of course, the future king, Prince George marked last Sunday as a big milestone as they attended the christening ceremony of their princess at the Queen’s country estate.
For the first time, the young royal family was out in public with all four members present: William, the Duke of Cambridge, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, and the celebrant, Princess Charlotte.
Britain’s Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, arrive for the christening.
The small and intimate christening was attended by a handful of select guests that included the Queen and the Duke of Edinburg, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Charlotte’s maternal grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton. The palace also announced Charlotte’s five godparents: Kate’s cousin Adam Middleton, William’s cousin Lady Laura Fellowes, Kate’s friend Sophie Carter and William’s friends Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade. The newborn wore a replica of the lace and satin gown that Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa, was christened in in 1840. The Lily font and the water from River Jordan were used during baptizing.
A 2013 report by ABC News called this selection a “clear shift from tradition”, pointing out that the couple “largely shunned fellow royals as godparents” to George.
Charlotte was pushed to her christening in a vintage pram – which the Queen used for two of her own children, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – in what was only the Royal infant’s second appearance in public.
We kid! Congrats to Charlotte, Will, Kate, and the many, many godparents who participated in yesterday’s ceremony.
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The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby conducted the closed-door baptism of the nine-week-old princess.
Lastly, famed photographer Mario Testino – one of Diana’s favorites – was chosen to take the official christening portraits.
The royal siblings’ places of christening are both related to their late grandmother, Princess Diana.