She's the newest member of the Royal family, but that doesn't mean Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is excused from public occasions. The tiny Royal tot is set to make an appearance when she's christened on Sunday. So in preparation for the big day, here's all you need to know about the little princess's christening.
Kensington Palace has announced the christening will take place tomorrow at 4.15pm when the princess, who was born on May 2, will be just over two months old.
It will take place at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen's Sandringham Estate, where the princess' late grandmother Princess Diana was baptised on August 30, 1961 when she was almost two months old.
Crowds will be able to catch a glimpse of Princess Charlotte on the day as well-wishers are invited to gather outside the church. The openness of the event will be in contrast to Prince George’s christening which was held inside the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace and the public did not get a glimpse of the prince on the day.
Prince Harry is still a favourite to be a godparent, however he will not be there because he is already in Africa where he will spend the summer travelling the continent doing conservation and charity work.
The palace say that it'll be close family and godparents in attendance. However Prince Harry is due to miss the big day due to a charity trip.
It’s a big day for Princess Charlotte. On Sunday, the little royal was christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate.
The ceremony, scheduled for 4:30 BT, was an intimate event with guests limited to grandparents Charles, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Michael and Carole Middleton. Also present were aunt and uncle Pippa and James Middleton and the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Harry was absent because he's in Africa working with rhino and elephant conservation charities.
Charlotte's five chosen godparents, a mix of Prince William and Kate Middleton's closest confidants, also attended: Sophie Carter (Kate's friend), James Meade (William's friend), Adam Middleton (Kate's first cousin), The Hon. Laura Fellowes (Princess Diana's niece), and Thomas van Straubenzee (an old classmate of William's).
The royals walked to the ceremony in style. Kate was dressed in a white Alexander McQueen coat and a Jane Taylor hat. She pushed Charlotte in a stroller with Prince William and Prince George (adorable in red shorts and a white shirt) by their side.
Charlotte was dressed in a replica of a 172-year-old christening gown first worn by Queen Victoria’s oldest daughter in 1841. Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser created the new version in 2004 after Her Majesty deemed the original too delicate. The replica, made of Honiton lace and white satin, has only been worn by Prince George for his 2013 baptism and in 2008 by James, Viscount Severn, son of Prince Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex.
It hasn’t even been a full week since Princess Charlotte was wrapped in a long lace dress and paraded in front of the world for her christening. Surely you’ve seen the photos of the petite princess, alongside her royal clan, her new nanny, and a very angry looking Prince George, which have infiltrated every corner of the internet?
The photos, taken by Mario Testino, were released on the Kensington Palace Twitter account and show the Cambridges along with Princess Charlotte and Prince George, as well as a photo with The Queen and Middleton family. Princess Charlotte – now just over two months old – was christened on Sunday at St Mary Magdalene Church near Sandringham, in a private ceremony attended by The Queen and the Cambridges’ immediate family, as well as the Middletons.
The photos join a now growing number of those of the baby Princess, both publicly taken since her birth and the small number released by Kensington Palace since. Taken following the Christening service, the Royal Family and invited guests returned to Sandringham House for a tea, hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, where slices of the christening cake – a tier taken from their wedding cake – was served to guests.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their whole family had a wonderful day on Sunday and were delighted to share the special occasion with the thousands of people who came to Sandringham. They are very happy to share these photographs and hope that everyone enjoys them as much as they do.”
It's an image that is bound to divide opinion - a Photoshopped picture of Princess Diana looking over Princess Charlotte at her christening, held by the Duchess of Cambridge. The photo, which has been shared 260,000 times on Facebook, shows Kate carrying her daughter into the service at St Magdalene Church in Sandringham in July, with Diana - taken from an image of her with Mother Teresa in 1997 - bending down, hands clasped together.
While it is unclear who created the image, which has been branded both 'beautiful' and 'creepy', it was shared by Mary Kohnke, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the caption: 'What a great job at photoshopping ... Let's make this go viral!'
And it seems that Mary's attempts to spread the snap have worked; it has been shared 267,157 times, has generated 31,331 likes and received 2,539 comments since she posted it on August 4. The comments on the image, which is public on the social media site, include: 'Oh how I wish this were real', 'this is a lovely sentiment. miss our Princess Diana' and 'wow! it gives me goose bumps!!'.
She’s only 4-and-a-half months old, but Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Kate Middleton and Prince William, has big fashion shoes to fill. Yet there’s one key piece missing from her stylish wardrobe: dresses.
Rachel Riley, Kate Middleton’s favorite children’s designer, told People that the little princess won’t wear dresses until she turns a year old on May 2, 2016. “Because they’re a traditional family, I’m sure that she’ll wear baby suits for the first year, and then only when she’s walking will she then move into dresses,” Riley told the magazine, adding, "Even in terms of separates, I don’t think she’ll be wearing separates until much later.”
It’s true that the only dress Princess Charlotte has been photographed wearing is a christening gown; when she was baptized on July 5, the tiny royal, then 9 weeks old, wore a replica of a 172-year-old christening gown (worn by her big brother Prince George for his 2013 baptism) made of Honiton lace and white satin. (The dress also made an appearance in official family photos published days after the ceremony). And in June when the royal family released adorable snaps of the brother-sister pair snuggling, Charlotte was dressed in an all-white onesie.
Kate Middleton and Prince William haven’t commented on how they plan to dress their daughter, but they have been known to bend royal rules — William was present for the birth of both his children (unlike royal dads of past generations), and the couple allowed fans gathered outside Charlotte’s christening ceremony to take selfies (breaking a traditional ban on photography while royals attend church). Queen Elizabeth herself may have skirted the so-called dress rule — in August 2013, photos of a young Elizabeth were published online. In one shot, the future Queen, around 1 year old, was wearing a dress while learning to walk beside her mother at Balmoral Castle and Estate.