6 Things You Need To Know About The Royal Christening

This Sunday, the youngest heir to the British throne will be christened amid the stunning countryside of Sandringham, Norfolk. It will be two month-old Princess Charlotte’s first public appearance since her parents proudly showed her off to the world’s media on the steps of the Lindo Wing on 2nd May. Here is everything you need to know ahead of this weekend’s Royal occasion…

1) The venue has a poignant connection to Diana…

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be christened at the St Mary Magdalene church, on the Queen’s Sandringham estate at 4.30pm this Sunday. Over the decades, several royal services have been held at the picturesque 16th-century parish, none more significant than the baptism of her late grandmother, Princess Diana 54 years ago.

Other notable Royal baptisms at the Sandringham chapel include; the Queen’s father, King George VI and Princess Eugenie – making nine week-old Princess Charlotte the first great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II to be christened at this historic location.

2) In a break from tradition members of the public will be welcome…
 
For the first time in history, members of the public are invited to watch the Royal procession from a specially organised paddock – however police have advised there will be no admittance before 3pm, so to avoid lots of waiting around try not to arrive too early. As normal, the service itself, which is set to be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will be strictly private. 

 
3) Prince Harry has been ruled out as godfather

There has been much speculation as to who will be chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Charlotte’s godparents. Catherine’s siblings Pippa and James, and William’s cousins Zara, Beatrice and Eugenie are said to be among the favourites, as-well as various high-society friends of the couple.

It is thought Prince Harry is unlikely to be asked as he will not be present at Sunday’s service, instead he will be embarking on a three-month conservation project in Africa.

4) Like all Royal events, it will be a fashionable affair…

Whilst everyone is still guessing which designer the Duchess will wear on the day, one thing we do know is that famed fashion photographer, Mario Testino has been confirmed to document the family occasion. The Peruvian photographer took the official engagement portrait of the Duke and Duchess and was the man behind some of Princess Diana’s most celebrated shoots.

5) The Middletons have been personally invited to the Queen’s private post-service reception…

A handful of Royals, the immediate Middleton family, the godparents and their partners have all been personally invited by the Queen to attend a low-key high-tea reception at her Majesty’s private Sandringham estate – before more informal celebrations commence at the Cambridge’s Norfolk residence, Amner Hall.
 
6) The youngest Royal is already making money…

To mark this historic occasion The Royal Mint unveiled a rare £5 commemorative coin this week. Collectors will need to be quick as the limited edition keepsakes are expected to fly off the shelves.

Join us on Sunday at 4pm for up-to-the-minute coverage as this special occasion unfolds.

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