Kate Wears Alexander McQueen for Princess Charlotte’s Christening

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On Sunday, we got our first glimpse of the Cambridge’s as a family of four when they arrived on foot for Princess Charlotte’s christening at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s 20,000-acre Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

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A crowd of 3,500 well-wishers lined the route to the chapel waving Union Jack flags and cheering as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge strolled through the grounds of the royal estate to the church.

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Prince George walked hand-in-hand with his father and Kate pushed little Charlotte in a vintage pram that was borrowed from the Queen.

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The traditional silver wheeled Millson pram was once used for the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

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When the family reached the church they were greeted by the rector Jonathan Riviere.

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Nine-week old Charlotte was christened at a short, intimate ceremony attended by just 22 official guests including the Queen, Prince Philip, other close family members and Princess Charlotte’s five godparents. The service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Rev Justin Welby, and supported by the Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.

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Charlotte and George’s full-time live-in nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo was on hand at the church to help out.

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The christening had a historical link to Diana, Princess of Wales as the church is also where her christening was held on August 30, 1961.

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Princess Charlotte was christened with the ornate 174-year-old silver gilt Lily Font (the bowl is a large, open lily bloom, hence its name, and it is decorated with lilies, ivy and cherubs) filled water from the River Jordan where Christ was baptized. For the first time ever, the Lily Font was brought to Norfolk from the Tower of London where it is usually on show as part of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Alongside the Lily Font was a christening ewer, made of solid silver and similarly gilded, which dates from 1735 and was made for the christening of George III.

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The font, which dates back to 1840, was commissioned by Queen Victoria (she paid £401 10s) to prevent her family being tarnished by association with the illegitimate children of Charles II. Since then, it has been used for almost every royal christening (we know it was not used at Princess Eugenie’s christening).

 
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After the short half an hour service, the royals began emerging from the church and made their way back to Sandringham where guests were treated to sandwiches, tea, and slices Princess Charlotte’s christening cake. which is one of the eight tiers from the fruitcake served at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011.

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The Duchess of Cambridge looked elegant in a bespoke Alexander McQueen coat dress. The knee-length, ivory coat dress featured structured shoulders, wide lapels, a fitted waist, and a flared skirt.
 
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Completing her ensemble, Kate accessorized with a matching bespoke Jane Taylor hat (her hair was swept back into an elegant chignon), and her nude patent leather ‘Pointy’ heels from Russell & Bromley (no longer available).
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge added new pieces of jewelry to her wardrobe! She wore Empress White Gold and Diamond Drop Earrings by Mappin & Webb (£3,450). These earrings match her Empress Mini White Gold and Diamond Pendant by Mappin & Webb (£1,850) which she also wore to the christening. Other jewelry included her Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch and her sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
 
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 Additional Details on Kate’s Mappin & Webb Empress White Gold and Diamond Drop Earrings
 
Part of the Mappin & Webb Empress collection set with 0.88 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds set in 18 carat white gold.
These earrings measure 30mm x 15mm and feature a secure carriage fastening.
£3,450
 
***All Your Questions Answered***
 
Who are Princess Charlotte’s Godparents?
 
    Princess Charlotte has five godparents 
 
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     *Laura Fellowes – she is Prince William’s cousin and the daughter of Princess Diana’s older sister, Lady Jane Fellowes.
 
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     *Adam Middleton – he is Kate’s cousin and the son of Michael Middleton’s brother, Richard.
 
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     *Thomas van Straubenzee – Prince William’s long time friend. They have known each other since they both attended Ludgrove prep school in Berkshire. He also accompanied the Prince to New Zealand on his gap year.
 
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     *Sophie Carter – she is a close friend of Kate’s
 
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     *James Meade -another of William’s close friends. He went to Eton with William.
 
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Who Else Received an Invite?
 
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     *The Queen & Prince Phillip
 
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     *Prince Charles with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall & Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton
 
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     *Pippa & James Middleton
 
Where was Prince Harry?
 
     Prince Harry is spending his summer in Africa
 
What did Prince George Wear?
 
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     The little Prince wore a Rachel Riley Smocked Set (£85). The outfit is described as
 
‘A Traditional 2-piece smocked shirt and short set. The shirt is hand smocked across the chest with a vintage inspired design. Matching red shorts with button opening at the side’
 
      The adorable set is available to pre-order and will arrive in approximately 6 weeks.
 
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Completing his outfit, George wore short white socks and his Start Rite Jo Shoes in navy blue leather (£36).
 
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 Call Me Crazy but Have I seen Prince George’s outfit before?
 
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     Prince George’s smocked outfit is similar to an outfit worn by Prince William to visit Harry in the hospital.

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