Last Sunday (July 5) saw the christening of Princess Charlotte at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, the village where William, Kate, George and Charlotte now live and the Queen’s place of worship when she stays in Norfolk. The location for Charlotte’s christening wasn’t purely one of convenience, though – it carried much sentimental value too. William’s late mother Diana was also baptised here as a baby, and the day was positively infused with the memory of Diana.
This was the first time this beautiful new family had been photographed and seen publicly together as a foursome, and they were greeted by thousands of cheering well-wishers at the gates to the church as they arrived on foot. Witnesses say that Charlotte’s tiny baby cries could just be heard as the family entered church. Too cute.
Our favorite Royals showed their modern credibility once again by making the event a small family one with as little fuss as possible, attended by only twenty one guests including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Kate’s parents and her brother James and sister Pippa. Prince Harry was away on army duties and could not attend the day. Nine-week old Charlotte’s godparents – the remaining guests – were announced publicly on the morning of the christening: two fewer in total than her brother George, and none of them from Royal circles:
- Kate’s cousin Adam Middleton
- William’s cousin Lady Laura Fellowes – a niece of William’s late mother, Diana
- James Meade and Thomas van Straubenzee, close friends of William
- Sophie Carter, a close friend of Kate’s
Kate wore a stunning ivory McQueen number – of course – and pushed Princess Charlotte along the churchyard path in a beautiful, traditional style Millsons pram once used by the Queen. Sister Pippa also dazzled the crowds in a cream Emilia Wickstead dress, and nude heels like her sister. The sisters both wore hats by Jane Taylor.
But the real star of the show – aside from baby Charlotte of course – was Prince George, who turns two later this month. Dressed in an outfit very similar to one his father wore as a toddler when he went to meet his brother Harry in hospital for the first time, George waved to the crowds at Sandringham dressed in a retro pair of red shorts and a cute hand-embroidered white top. He’s almost an exact replica of his Daddy, don’t you think?
You may be surprised to know that this adorbs little ensemble was off-the-peg, made by Rachel Riley and not yet sold out as we went to press…
After the service, all guests were invited back to Sandringham House (one of the Queen’s most palatial country residences) for afternoon tea. In keeping with tradition, guests would have eaten cake taken from the top tier of William and Kate’s wedding cake, saved especially for the occasion.
World-famous photographer and close friend of Diana, Mario Testino, was chosen by the couple once again to take the official christening photos which we now await at Sloanie HQ with baited breath. But we’ll leave you with this little beaut for now: the Duchess of Cambridge carrying her baby daughter in arms. So precious!