The highly anticipated announcement has finally come from Kensington Palace! Princess Charlotte will be christened, in a private ceremony, on Sunday, July 5 at the St Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
St Mary Magdalene is just a few minutes’ walk from the Sandringham estate and is where the Royal Family take part in the traditional 11am Christmas Day service each year.
The baptism will be performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The Cambridge’s have strong family ties to the church as this is where Princess Diana was baptized on August 30, 1961.
Princess Charlotte will be the most senior member of the Royal family to be christened outside a royal residence for 120 years.
Charlotte will wear the same royal silk and lace christening gown as George. It is an exact replica of the 1841 christening gown commissioned by the Queen in 2004. It was made by Angela Kelly, the personal assistant and senior dresser to the Queen. After the baptism of Lady Louise Windsor in 2004, it was decided the ancient garment was too delicate to be used again.
No announcement has yet been made about Princess Charlotte’s godparents. Let the speculation begin…
***Interesting fact*** Both William and Kate’s children will have a baptismal link to Diana, as Prince George was christened in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, where the Princess’s body lay before her funeral in 1997.