Princess Charlotte is being christened and big brother Prince George will be there to watch. Here's the lowdown on what's going on...
Get ready for a right royal knees up!
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana‘s christening will take place at 4.30pm on Sunday 5 July when she’s just over two months old. Here’s everything you need to know…
1. The exciting royal event is happening at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where Princess Diana was baptised on 30 August 1961 when she was just two months old.
2. The private service will be performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
3. You can expect quite a scrum. Crowds will be able to catch a glimpse of Princess Charlotte, fourth in line to the throne, outside the church.
‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be pleased to welcome well-wishers into the paddock outside the church. The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte’s birth – many of them from local people in Norfolk – and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening, ‘ Kensington Palace has said.
But better get there early! The paddock will only be opened an hour-and-a-half before the christening. ‘With this being such a special occasion we are expecting the area to be extremely busy on Sunday and encourage the public to heed our advice so they can enjoy the event safely,’ Superintendent Kevin Clarke from the Norfolk Constabulary says.
4. The christening is in contrast to Prince George’s which was held inside the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in October 2013 and the public did not get a glimpse of the prince on the day.
5. Prince Harry was a favourite to be a godparent but he won’t be there. He’s on a three-month visit to Africa to work on conservation projects.
6. The godparents! William and Kate have asked the following to be godparents to Princess Charlotte. All of whom are friends or family of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:
Miss Sophie Carter – Kate’s friend
Mr. James Meade – William’s friend
Mr. Adam Middleton – Kate’s cousin, son of Michael Middleton’s brother, Richard.
The Hon. Laura Fellowes – William’s cousin, the daughter of Princess Diana’s elder sister, Jane
Mr. Thomas van Straubenzee – William’s friend
7. The palace say that there will only be close family and godparents in attendance during ther service. Charlotte’s grandfather Prince Charles will attend with the Duchess of Cornwall, while Kate’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton be there too. Kate’s siblings Pippa Middleton and James Middleton will also attend. And the Queen obviously!
8. Official photographs of the whole Royal family will be released by Mario Testino, who said: ‘I am overwhelmed and honored to be chosen to document this occasion and to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much.’
9. Princess Charlotte will wear the same royal silk and lace christening gown as her big brother George did in 2013. A replica of an historic Victorian one first used in 1841, it was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth and stitched by her assistant Angela Kelly and Buckingham Palace’s team of dressmakers in 2008. James Viscount Severn was the first to wear it at his service in the private chapel at Windsor Castle in April 2008.
10. The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan will be used during the baptism.
11. According to Kensington Palace, ‘Following the service, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will give a tea at Sandringham House. Guests will be served slices of christening cake, which is a tier taken from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake.’ Yum!
12. Random royal christening fact – The Queen cried so much during her christening in 1926 that her nurse had to give her a dose of dill water!