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Royal family christens Princess Charlotte in intimate ceremony

Ah, another lovely day in the life of the royal family.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was christened Sunday in a small ceremony at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the estate of Queen Elizabeth II. Hundreds of fans gathered outside the church in Sandringham, England waving flags and cheering as Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, arrived at the church.

Kate walked to the church pushing her 2-month-old daughter alongside her older brother Prince George. Charlotte arrived in a vintage Millson pram that was used for both Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.

The queen’s dressmaker put together only the finest robe a 2-month-old has ever worn made of white satin and lined with lace. The gown is an exact replica of the gown first commissioned by Queen Victoria 174 years ago, according to ABC News.

Duchess Kate wore a white Alexander McQueen ensemble and Prince George rocked a white t-shirt and red shorts. The queen wore an elegant Angela Kelly dress and hat.

Kate picked up Charlotte and carried her inside after their giant greeting. William walked hand-in-hand with George and at one point, George waved to the crowd.

The baptism was conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby and was held in private, according to BBC. 

It seems that different forms of ambition are hard-wired into almost all of us,” Welby said in his homily. “At a baptism our ambitions are rightly turned into hopes and prayers for the child, today for Princess Charlotte. Everyone wants something for their children. At our best we seek beauty, not necessarily of form, but of life.”

Princess Charlotte was baptized using the water from the River Jordan poured from the silver “Lily Font,” which rests in the Tower of London with the remaining crown jewels. The baptism bowl is more than one foot high and wide and was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1840.

Its name derives from its stem, which is lily-shaped, and it sits on a bed of acanthus leaves. The beautiful bowl is decorated with the royal arms of Queen Victoria, three cherubs playing lyres and the joint arms of Albert Prince Consort and Queen Victoria.

Before the christening, the royal couple announced that they had selected five godparents for Charlotte: Kate’s friend Sophie Carter, Kate’s cousin Adam Middleton, William’s friends Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade and William’s cousin Lady Laura Fellowes. They also announced that some of the guests in attendance would be Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate’s parents–Carole and Michael Middleton–and her two siblings.

The guests spent the christening in a special place, one where Princess Diana was baptized in 1961 and one of great significance to Princess Charlotte’s grandmother. The couple illustrated their respect for Queen Elizabeth II in choosing this location and in the naming of their daughter Princes Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Following the christening, the attendees enjoyed a champagne tea party held by the queen. And Mario Testino, world-renowned photographer, was there to document it all. The 60-year-old also did the royal couple’s engagement, and the late Princess Diana’s photographs for Vanity Fair.

The princess is the fourth in line to the throne after her grandfather Prince Charles, her father and her brother.

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com.
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