At 4:30pm U.K. time on Sunday, July 5, 2015, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was christened amongst family and friends at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, England. The church is not only walking distance from the family’s country home, Anmer Hall, but in a lovely nod to her late grandmother, it was where Princess Diana was christened 54 years ago.
The ceremony was private, but the Duke and Duchess allowed the public to wait outside the church so that they could catch a glimpse of the little Princess before and after her baptism. (Our first since they released her royal portrait three weeks ago.)
Arriving on foot, the Duchess of Cambridge (or Princess Kate as most of us like to call her) looked stunning in white with a matching fascinator and her signature nude heels, pushing Princess Charlotte’s vintage Millson pram that was once used by the Queen. Holding close to his dad, Prince George was on his very best behavior, wearing a similar outfit to the one his father wore to meet his brother Prince Harry for the first time.
Princess Charlotte, meanwhile, was christened in a replica of the gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter Victoria in 1841 that George also wore to his christening in October 2013.
Joining the too-cute family of four were great-grandparents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales, and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall, and aunt and uncle Pippa and James Middleton. Unfortunately, Prince Harry was not able to attend the event as he is on a three-month trip to Africa.
There was much debate over who would be named godparents, but in the end it was announced that Tom van Straubenzee, James Meade, Sophie Carter (all long-time friends of the Duke and Duchess) as well as Laura Fellowes (William’s cousin) and Adam Middleton (Kate’s cousin) would be sharing the honor.
According to People, the family is expected to leave the church and head to the Queen’s Sandringham house for an official portrait session with Mario Testino (one of Princess Diana’s favorite photographers). Afterwards, they will all celebrate with an afternoon tea prepared by the royal chefs which will include slices of cake from their wedding day.More On