Britain's royal family make first appearance as family of four at Princess Charlotte's christening
Britain’s royal family made their first appearance as a family of four today at Princess Charlotte’s christening.
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was baptised today at the Church of St Mary Magdalene.
The two-month-old baby was pushed in a Silver Cross pram by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a cream dress, fascinator and her trademark nude heels. Prince William was by her side, holding Prince George's hand - who once again stole the show.
The little prince wore a pair of red shorts and embroidered top, similar to the e outfit that William wore to meet his little brother Harry for the first time 30 years ago.
The family walked from Sandringham House to the church where 22 guests were seated.
During the ceremony, two hymns, Praise to the Lord, The Almighty and Come Down, O Love Divine, will be played, with members of the Sandringham Church Choir singing during the service.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, who officiated Kate and William's wedding, will Princess Charlotte.
As with her brother Prince George’s 2013 christening, the family will release an official portrait, this time shot by Mario Testino.
Charlotte’s godparents were named earlier today, with Kate’s sister Pippa and William’s brother Harry both missing out on being named, reportedly due to their already close relationship with their niece and nephew.
“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have asked the following people to be godparents to Princess Charlotte, all of whom are friends or family of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: Miss Sophie Carter, Mr James Meade, Mr Adam Middleton, The Hon. Laura Fellowes and Mr Thomas van Straubenzee,” a statement from Kensington Palace read.
Thomas van Straubenzee is one of William’s oldest school friends and his cousin Laura Fellowes was his late mother Princess Diana’s niece.
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh were both in attendance, as was Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Kate’s parents William and Catherine and her siblings Pippa and James were also in attendance.
The little princess donned a handmade replica of the royal christening robe, made by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly.
"The original Victorian lace and satin gown, worn at Royal christenings since 1841, has now been preserved," Kensington Palace tweeted."The Royal christening robe replica was first worn by The Queen's grandson, Viscount Severn and by all of her great grandchildren since.
Charlotte will be baptised in the Lily Font, which was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840.
After the ceremony, guests will dine on tea and a tier of wedding cake from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding.
The cake was made from 17 individual fruit cakes and boasts eight tiers, according to The Telegraph.
Lambeth Palace has released the text of the homily delivered by the The Archbishop of Canterbury
It reads: "It seems that different forms of ambition are hard wired into almost all of us. 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.
"In the reading from Matthew 18, Jesus is trying to turn one kind of ambition, an ambition for place and prestige, into an ambition for a beautiful life. To be great in the Kingdom of Heaven, he tells his very pushy disciples, is not about position but about beauty of life, a life that looks like his, and his example is someone unimportant in those days, a child.
"Amongst Princess Charlotte's own ancestors, now buried in the Holy Land, is a saint, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, whose life was one of transparent beauty and death one of beautiful courage and service. In her life she forgave the man who killed her husband. At her cruel murder she continued to care for those suffering with her. It is of such beauty that Jesus speaks when he talks of being great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
"Such beauty of character begins with baptism, and is established in the habits of following and loving Jesus Christ, habits to be learned from parents and God parents, and the whole community of the church.
"Beauty is the implied prayer of the baptism service, beauty of life which brings true and eternal greatness. In such times as ours, those who suffer, such as the wounded or bereaved in Tunisia and other places, need lives of beauty around them, lives that share healing and hope, offering to all around them, both in times of light and darkness, a vision of a Christ-filled future."