The christening of Princess Charlotte at Sandringham Estate in pictures...
Photographer Mario Testino has just released the official family portraits from Princess Charlotte’s christening this weekend. And in true Testino style, they are intimate, elegant and informal.
The shots were taken after the ceremony at St Mary Magdalene’s Church when the family and guests were enjoying a celebration tea with the Queen, who it has been revealed Prince George calls ‘granny’.
Each shot shows just how warm and affectionate the Cambridges are. And, far from the stuffy portraits of old, they give us a true insight in to family life.
Catherine cradles Princess Charlotte on her special day in the first – simply beautiful…
A daddy like no other! Prince George and Prince William pose in the garden of Sandringham House in a black and white shot which bears a very close resemblance in style to photographs Testino took of William’s mother, Princess Diana.
A lovely shot of Princess Charlotte’s close family, including her great-grandmother and great-grandfather – the Queen and Prince Philip along with the Middletons.
And the sweetest shot of all. We have no doubt that Catherine will be hanging this picture proudly on the wall at their home – Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham Estate is the location for a very special ceremony today as Princess Charlotte, the two-month old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Mary Magdalene church. The same church where Princess Charlotte’s late grandmother, Diana was baptised.
The christening started at 4:30pm. The Duchess of Cambridge pushed Princess Charlotte in her pram to the church and the Duke of Cambridge walked hand in hand with Prince George who is wearing the sweetest red shorts. His outfit is apparently borrowed from his daddy, who wore the ensemble when he first met Prince Harry.
After the ceremony, the family will join guests for a celebration tea including a piece of christening cake – the second layer of which was taken from their wedding cake.
Princess Charlotte is wearing the same christening gown as her brother did for his special day eighteen months ago – a replica of the 1841 gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. It’s not the only family heirloom that will make an appearance. For the first time, the Lily Font – part of the Crown Jewels – has been given royal permission to leave London and take centre stage in the Norfolk christening. The font will contain water from the River Jordan, where Christ is said to have been baptised.
Before the ceremony, Princess Charlotte’s godparents were announced. They’ll be amongst the 22 guests attending this afternoon’s ceremony. Some thought that Princess Beatrice or Princess Eugenie would be included, but they have lost out to some of the Cambridges’ closest friends, including Sophie Carter (pictured with Catherine at Wimbledon in 2008), Adam Middleton (her cousin) and Prince William’s cousin, Laura Fellowes. In fact, the Princess’ are not due to attend the christening today.
The ceremony has been kept quite small. The Cambridges, the Middleton family, Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be joined by the godparents and Prince George’s nanny Maria Borrallo. A choir will also be attendance along with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, and Rev Canon Jonathan Riverie, Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.
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Here’s the picture we’ve all been waiting for!
Catherine carried Princess Charlotte in to the church in her arms, showing off the beautiful lace replica royal christening gown.
The pram she used to transport the two-month old is also steeped in history. Queen Elizabeth II would tuck Princess Charlotte’s grandfather, Prince Charles safely inside and walk around the estate.
The Duchess’ own ensemble was just as breathtaking as her daughter’s. She opted for a cream Alexander McQueen dress coat and matching hat by Jane Taylor. Her hair looked as elegant as ever swept back into a chic chignon.
Pippa also wore a Jane Taylor creation. Not to be outdone, the Queen looked every inch the proud great-grandmother in an antique rose coat and matching dress.
The Duchess of Cornwall opted for a pale blue number with matching hat. She had a Marilyn moment outside the church as her dress coat was caught by a gust of wind.
And let’s not forget this cheeky chappy! Dressed in the same outfit as his father, Prince William wore to meet his brother, Prince Harry, he ensured his uncle, who is away on a state visit, wasn’t forgotten.
Here’s the day’s VIP (Very Important Princess)! Princess Charlotte was on her best behaviour throughout.
Her brother almost threw a tantrum as the royal party strolled back to enjoy a celebration tea…
But Prince William soon had George smiling again – he just wanted to be carried by dad!