Royal family christens Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
The royal family and hundreds of fans crowded St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, on Sunday to celebrate the christening of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Fans held flags and cheered as Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, walked to the church with Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George.
Nine-week-old Charlotte, who bears both her grandmother and great-grandmother’s names, was taken to her christening in a vintage Millson pram, previously used for Prince Edward and Prince Andrew. She wore a christening robe of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, made by the queen’s dressmaker, Kensington Palace said on its official Twitter account.
“It seems that different forms of ambition are hard-wired into almost all of us,” the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in his homily. “At a baptism our ambitions are rightly turned into hopes and prayers for the child, today for Princess Charlotte. Everyone wants something for their children. At our best we seek beauty, not necessarily of form, but of life.”
Ahead of the christening, the palace announced a list of guests, who included the queen; the Duke of Edinburgh; the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall; and Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole; and two siblings, Pippa and James Middleton. The palace also announced Charlotte’s five godparents: Kate’s cousin Adam Middleton, William’s cousin Lady Laura Fellowes, Kate’s friend Sophie Carter and William’s friends Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade.
After Charlotte was born in May, royal gun salutes were fired simultaneously across London. Soldiers on horseback rode out in procession and 41 volleys rang out in Hyde Park along with a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.
The princess is fourth in line to the British throne, after her grandfather, Prince Charles; her father; and then her older brother.
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