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Inside the christening of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge

With parents The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and big brother Prince George by her side, Princess Charlotte has been christened in an intimate ceremony at The Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.

By Blake Nadilo
With parents The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and big brother Prince George by her side, Princess Charlotte has been christened in an intimate ceremony at The Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.
Among the guests were The Queen and Prince Philip, along with the new royal’s grandparents, Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton.
Princess Charlotte looked angelic in a replica of the traditional royal christening gown her brother also wore, as she was pushed into the church by her mum in a stunning vintage stroller. In a sweet touch, the Millson pram was in fact the same one used by The Queen almost 50 years ago for her two sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge looked every part the doting mum and was radiant in an off-white Alexander McQueen coat and matching fascinator, while Prince George was accompanied by his dad, in a very cute red and white number that was almost identical to the one his dad donned when he first met Prince Harry at the Lindo Wing.
After fevered speculation, the fourth-in-line to the British throne’s godparents were finally revealed to be Sophie Carter, James Meade, Adam Middleton, Laura Fellowes and Thomas van Straubenzee who were not far behind the two-month-old.
The ceremony lasted approximately 45 minutes and took place in the county of Norfolk, east of England near the couple’s country home, Anmer Hall, where they have spent most of their time since the princess’ birth on May 2.
The occasion is very much an ode to the tiny royal’s late grandmother Princess Diana, who would have turned 54 just four days earlier.
In a touching tribute, the church where two-month-old Charlotte was baptised is the same location that People’s Princess was christened some 54 years ago.
In another effort to honour the iconic royal’s memory, Prince William and Duchess Catherine have chosen Diana’s most beloved photographer, Mario Testino, to take the official christening portrait as well as asking her niece, William's cousin, to be a godparent.
The proud parents have opened up the adjacent paddock near the church in order for well-wishers to set up camp, and as expected it was over-flowing with members of the public trying to catch a glimpse of their new princess.
In a statement released through Kensington Palace, they explained: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be pleased to welcome well-wishers into the paddock outside the church. The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte's birth - many of them from local people in Norfolk - and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening."
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