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The Duchess Of Cambridge Beams With Joy As Princess Charlotte Is Christened At Sandringham

The Queen was among guests at the small private ceremony in Norfolk.

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The christening took place at St. Mary Magdalene Church, where members of the royal family worship regularly.

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The Queen attends the church when she is in residence at her Sandringham estate, and the royal family attends Christmas day service at the church.

St. Mary Magdalene Church is situated near the Duke and Duchess' second home, Amner Hall, where they intend to raise their two children.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walked Princess Charlotte to the service, along with her brother, Prince George.

Kate wore a tailored dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the same designer who created her wedding dress and outfit for Prince George's christening.

Prince George arrived wearing the same outfit that Prince William wore to meet his brother Prince Harry, the second time he's worn an outfit like his father's recently.

Prince George is wearing the same outfit as Prince William when he first met Harry 30 yrs ago #RoyalChristening

As usual, Prince George won over fans with cuteness.

The little prince gave adorable looks to the crowd.


And won hearts by waving.

The small private service was also attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and her siblings, Pippa and James.

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Prince Harry did not attend the service as he is currently spending three months in Africa.

Princess Charlotte's five godparents, Sophie Carter, James Meade, Adam Middleton, Laura Fellowes, and Thomas van Straubenzee, and their partners were the only other guests in attendance. The godparents were named by the palace earlier on Sunday morning.

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Adam Middleton is Kate's cousin, and Lady Laura Fellowes is William's cousin – the daughter of Baroness Jane Fellowes, Princess Diana's sister.


Thomas van Straubenzee is one of William's oldest school friends and gave a speech at the Duke and Duchess' wedding. Sophie Carter and James Mead are friends of the royal couple.

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William with Thomas van Straubenzee in 2005.

Princess Charlotte was baptised using the Lily Font, once owned by Queen Victoria and usually kept among the crown jewells.

Princess Charlotte will be baptised in the Lily Font, commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840.

The font was filled with water flown in especially from the Jordan River in the Holy Land.

When it was announced where the water had come from, many people on Twitter felt it was an unnecessary extravagance.

The sky just turned black. Hope that wasn't my fault for casting doubt on the idea that River Jordan water has particular magic qualities.

And said it was wasteful.

Water from the River Jordan! What's wrong with the tap?


Others simply joked about it.

Pretty sure I've got a few cases of bottled River Jordan water in my shed.

Because, Twitter.

We brought the Holly water all the way from the river Jordan for today. It cost a bundl, but what the hell. Your paying for it after all!

The baby princess wore a replica of the Victorian lace gown used at all royal christenings, re-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.


They battled off rain to get a glimpse of the royal family.

Rain or shine, I'll be going to #Sandringham today. Now patiently waiting for the bus at King's Lynn. If only I had a limo. 😂🇬🇧💙👑

Following the ceremony, photographer Mario Testino will take the official christening pictures. Testino shot William and Kate's official engagement portraits, as well as the pictures of Prince George's christening.

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The ceremony will be followed by a tea hosted by the Queen at Sandringham.

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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