Princess Charlotte is christened
Princess Charlotte has been christened at a church in Sandringham after the Cambridges made their first public outing as a family of four.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pushed the princess in a pram the Queen used for two of her own children.
Several thousand well wishers greeted the royals, while Prince George delighted the crowds on foot.
The royal couple announced ahead of the christening that they had chosen five godparents for the princess
The christening was held at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, and attended by guests including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
Other attendees included Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton and her two siblings, Pippa and James.
The baptism, conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby, was held in private.
Princess Charlotte has two fewer godparents than her brother George, and none from within royal circles.
The five include Catherine’s cousin Adam Middleton, William’s cousin Lady Laura Fellowes and Thomas van Straubenzee, a friend of the duke’s.
The final two are the duke’s friend James Meade – who read the lesson during the service – and the duchess’s friend Sophie Carter.
Mr van Straubenzee, whom William met at Ludgrove Prep School, and Mr Meade, a friend from Eton, were both ushers at the duke and duchess’s wedding and gave speeches at the reception.
Lady Laura Fellowes is the daughter of Baroness Jane Fellowes – a sister of Diana, Princess of Wales.
This was a christening with echoes of the past and some distinctly Cambridge touches.
The baptismal font and the replica christening gown have served other baby royals well in the past. Even the pram was a hand-me-down from the Queen.
But when it came to godparents there wasn’t a monarch, or a knight or a dowager in sight.
Once such people provided infant Windsors with their spiritual guidance. Now, William and Kate have turned to their close friends and their close family to fulfil this role.
William’s mother, Diana, may have been absent, but she wasn’t forgotten. One of her relatives is a godmother and the chosen church was where she too was baptised.
This was the first time William, Kate, George and Charlotte have been seen together. Such sightings won’t become commonplace. The Cambridges are keen to limit their children’s public appearances as they grow up.
Like her brother, Charlotte was christened in a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the princess royal, in 1841.
The original was worn by all royal babies until the christening of Prince Edward’s son James, Viscount Severn, in 2008.
Charlotte was christened using the ornate silver gilt Lily Font which is usually on show as part of the crown jewels at the Tower of London.