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Royal princess Charlotte wears lace satin gown for christening

For her christening, Princess Charlotte wore a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841. Read on to know more about the royal event of the year

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Princess Charlotte with mum, Kate at the venue

Princess Charlotte made her second public appearance with her family at her christening ceremony held yesterday. Britain’s royal princess was christened in an intimate ceremony on Sunday, inside the 16th century Church of St Mary Magdalene on the country estate of the baby’s great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.

According to sourcesWilliam and Kate walked to the service from a nearby royal residence with Charlotte and her brother George, giving the public their second glimpse of the little princess since she appeared on the steps of a London hospital after her birth on 2 May.

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Princess Charlotte in the pram, outside the church where the baptism was conducted

The fourth-in-line to the throne arrived for the ceremony in a vintage pram used by Queen Elizabeth for her own children in the past, pushed by her mother Kate, who wore an elegant cream outfit paired with a hat.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the world’s Anglicans, performed the baptism, using the ornate silver gilt Lily Font that is part of the crown jewels and pouring holy water from the River Jordan on the baby’s head.

Princess Charlotte wore a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841. Interestingly, The original was worn by all royal babies until the christening of Prince Edward’s son James, Viscount Severn, in 2008. Prince George, who turns two later this month, wore red shorts and a white embroidered shirt. 

Continue reading to find out more about the royal list of attendees

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Kate’s sister Pippa and parents Michael and Carole, at the service

Three future kings, Charles, William and George attended the ceremony, which was performed using a font from Victoria’s reign. Other guests included the 89-year-old queen and her husband Prince Philip, plus Kate’s sister, Pippa, and parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

Prime Minister David Cameron also joined in the festivities, and even tweeted, “My best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Princess Charlotte’s Christening today.”

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Princess Charlotte with other senior royals before heading for the ceremony

William and Kate announced early Sunday that Charlotte would have five godparents, including William’s cousin Laura Fellowes and Kate’s cousin Adam Middleton. The others were Kate’s friend Sophie Carter, and two close friends of William’s, James Meade and Thomas van Straubenzee.

The royal baby’s christening was in sharp contrast to her parents’ lavish 2011 wedding, in terms of being a low-key affair. But it was still well attended by overnight campers and early risers, who braved wet weather to get a prime spot to take a look at the royal family, ahead of the 4:30 pm service.

Watch the royal princess along with her family, arriving for the christening ceremony:

Image courtesy: BBC.co.uk

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