Three weeks after she made her way into the world on 2 May, Prince Harry has reportedly met his niece Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Twitter user Jake Cottrell spotted the 30-year-old British royal near Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk on Friday, where he was introduced to William and Kate's baby girl.
"I have just seen Prince Harry driving through Brandon in the nicest Range Rover I've ever seen" he tweeted, while the Mirror reported on Sunday that "royal insiders last night confirmed the visit." Harry was delayed meeting the newest addition to the royal family due to his four-week attachment with the Australian Defence Force, followed by a tour of New Zealand.
Even when he had touched down back on British soil, the Prince had two days of engagements at the Chelsea Flower Show in London to undertake – although there's no doubt that when he finally met Charlotte of Friday, it had been worth the wait. While he was out of the country when Charlotte arrived, the little girl has been in Harry's thoughts. The day after she was born, Harry revealed that he had been sent a photo of the litte Princess, saying that she was "absolutely beautiful" and that he couldn't wait to meet her.
During his travels, Harry picked up a number of presents for his niece and nephew Prince George. At an engagement at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, Harry was given a sweet children's book for Charlotte and an pair of Wellington boots for George. Several days earlier he had received a cuddly toy and a babygro in the colours of New Zealand’s top Rugby Union team the Wellington Hurricanes for his newborn niece.
Prince William and Kate's second child will be baptised on July 5 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Royal Family's Sandringham Estate. Kensington Palace said in a short statement: "Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Princess Charlotte will take place on Sunday, 5th July at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham.
"Princess Charlotte will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby." The location of the christening may come as a surprise to royal fans, who assumed it would be conducted at St James' Palace in London, where her brother Prince George was baptised.
Since Princess Charlotte's birth on May 2 and her first public appearance on the same day, royal watchers have yet to catch another glimpse of her as she and her brother Prince George are currently enjoying some quiet time with their parents at Anmer Hall.
The Georgian country home on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk was given to the couple by the Queen as a wedding present. The announement comes after Prince William went back to work after taking three weeks off to welcome Princess Charlotte in to the world.
Princess Charlotte was featured in an adorable sibling portrait with her big brother George that was shared Saturday on social media to great fanfare. "We're delighted to share the first photo of Prince George with his little sister Princess Charlotte," the family photo was captioned by the Kensington Palace Twitter account.
"We're delighted to share the first photo of Prince George with his little sister Princess Charlotte " The new daughter and son of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Royal-watchers have been anticipating the photos since early Saturday morning, when the Kensington Palace Twitter account promised to share a “very special photo" of the royal siblings.
The portraits are Charlotte’s first public photos since her parents welcomed her last month. William and Kate emerged hours after the May 2 delivery to pose with their daughter for photographers before heading back to their Kensington Palace home.
Next month, Charlotte will be baptized in a private ceremony at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England. Her late grandmother, Princess Diana, was christened at the same church.
Princess Charlotte may only be a few months old but she is already sleeping through the night, the Prince of Wales has revealed. Charles chatted about his baby granddaughter, who was born on May 2, when he hosted a Clarence House tea party with the Duchess of Cornwall for pilots and aircrew who fought in the Second World War.
The former royal navy helicopter pilot whose sons also became military fliers joked about how the “heads-up” displays found in some aircraft was something best left to the “PlayStation generation”. While Camilla shared a joke with one veteran Spitfire pilot about the benefits of drinking red wine and whisky.
Geoff Bradley was invited along with his wife Veronica as her father Owen Burns, who will be 100 in November, had been a gunner in Bristol Blenheim bombers. He said: “We were talking about grandchildren, he was saying Princess Charlotte does sleep through the night and it was much easier on mum than Prince George.”
Princess Diana would have been 54 on Wednesday, and once again her son is honoring her memory. Mario Testino, one of Di's favorite photographers, has been chosen by Prince William and Princess Kate to take the official pictures following their daughter Princess Charlotte's christening this Sunday. He will snap the main portraits of the christening party after the ceremony, the couple’s office at Kensington Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.
Testino, who took the couple’s official engagement portraits in 2011 and famously captured Vanity Fair's portraits of Diana before her death at age 36 in 1997, says he is "overwhelmed" to be chosen.
The couple’s office points out that during his storied career, Testino has also photographed Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry.