Kensington Palace has released four official photos of the christening of Princess Charlotte.
In one photo took by Mario Testino, Princess Charlotte is pictured with her mother and father, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and brother Prince George.
The pictures were taken immediately after Princess Charlotte, the fourth in line to the UK’s throne, was christened at a church on the Sandringham estate on July 5.
Among the photos is a group picture of Princess Charlotte’s immediate family.
That image was taken in the drawing room of Queen Elizabeth’s private Norfolk residence.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their whole family had a wonderful day on Sunday and were delighted to share the special occasion with the thousands of people who came to Sandringham.
“They are very happy to share these photographs and hope that everyone enjoys them as much as they do.”
Celebrity photographer Mario Testino has previously taken pictures of Princes William and Harry with their father, the Prince of Wales, and he took Kate and Will’s engagement pictures.
Prince William and Kate Middleton announced ahead of Princess Charlotte’s christening that they had chosen five godparents for their second child.
Princess Charlotte has two fewer godparents than her brother George, and none from within royal circles.
The christening was held at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, and attended by guests including Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh.
Who are the godparents?
Lady Laura Fellowes – cousin of Prince William, niece of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. As a child Laura Fellowes was famously pictured alongside a young, misbehaving Prince William at the Duke and Duchess of York’s wedding.
Adam Middleton – cousin of Kate Middleton. She attended his wedding to interior designer Rebecca Poynton in June 2014.
Thomas van Straubenzee – friend of Prince William’s since prep school. Known as “Van”, he accompanied Prince William on his first official overseas tour to New Zealand.
James Meade – friend of Prince William’s since Eton and the son of Olympic gold medal-winning equestrian Richard Meade.
Sophie Carter – a close friend of Kate Middleton’s who has attended charity events with her.
The identity of Princess Charlotte’s godparents will be revealed when the royal baby is christened on Sunday, July 5, at the church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, with fewer than 30 guests.
Several thousand members of the public are expected to take up Prince William and Kate Middleton’s invitation to share in the day by standing in a paddock outside the churchyard.
They will have the opportunity to see Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte together in public for the first time.
Princess Charlotte will wear the same christening gown her brother wore when he was baptized in October 2013 – a replica of the gown that Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter wore for her christening in 1841.
Many Brits and the media have been betting Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa Middleton, and Prince William’s brother, Prince Harry, will be among the half-dozen godparents likely to be announced on the day of ceremony.
Pippa Middleton will be there but not Prince Harry who is in Africa on a conservation mission.
The London Telegraph reported that 30-year-old Prince Harry had been one of the favorites to be chosen as a godparent, having missed out on fulfilling the role for his first-born nephew, but after learning he would not be needed for the ceremony he embarked on a three-month trip to Africa at the end of June.
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born May 2. She is the second child of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the younger sister to Prince George, who turns 2 this month. She is also the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh. Princess Charlotte is fourth-in-line to the throne of the world’s most famous monarchy.
The ceremony will be conducted by the head of the Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby.
Afterward, the party will return to Sandringham House for tea with the Queen, plus the assembling for the official christening portrait by celebrity portrait photographer Mario Testino.
Princess Charlotte will be christened on Sunday, July 5, at a ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth II and other senior members of the Royal Family in Norfolk.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will appear as a family of four in public for the first time at the baptism.
Other guests will include the Prince Charles and Camilla Bowels as well as Kate Middleton’s parents.
The ceremony will take place at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.
The baptism, conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will be held in private.
Members of the public will be allowed into the area outside the church – known as the paddock – to see Princess Charlotte and other royals arrive and depart.
Charlotte’s godparents will be announced ahead of the service.
Other guests will include the Duke of Edinburgh and Kate Middleton’s two siblings – Pippa and James Middleton.
Like Prince George, Princess Charlotte will be christened in a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the princess royal, in 1841.
Princess Charlotte will be christened using the ornate silver gilt Lily Font which is usually on show as part of the crown jewels at the Tower of London.
Norfolk police are expecting large crowds near the 16th century church and have urged people to arrive early for the opening of the paddock gates at 15:00 BST. The ceremony is due to start at 16:30.
Anyone bringing flowers will be asked to give them to representatives of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, where Kate Middleton is a patron, who will then take them to hospices in the region.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte’s birth – many of them from local people in Norfolk – and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening.”
Prince Harry will be among those missing from the ceremony. He is currently spending three months in Africa.
St Mary Magdalene is the church used by Queen Elizabeth when she is resident on her private estate.
Archbishop Welby will give an address. He will be supported by The Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.
Mario Testino has been asked by Prince William and Kate Middleton to take the official photographs after the service.
Kensington Palace has released a series of pictures of Prince George and his little sister, Princess Charlotte.
The four pictures show Princess Charlotte being cradled by her elder brother as they sit on a couch at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, their family home with their royal parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The photos were taken by their mother, Kate Middleton, just weeks after Princess Charlotte was born on May 2.
In each of the pictures, Princess Charlotte is lying on Prince George’s lap, wearing white. The prince is wearing a white shirt, blue shorts and blue socks.
In one, Prince George appears to be kissing his sister on the forehead.
Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children have been at Anmer Hall since leaving London shortly after the birth of Princess Charlotte.
The royal couple is expected to be based there for the next few years as they raise Princess Charlotte and Prince George, who is almost two, with the help of a full-time nanny.
Photography is listed as one of Kate Middleton’s hobbies in her biography on the royal website. The pictures were taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera.
The first official images of Prince George, released in 2013, were taken by Kate Middleton’s father, Michael Middleton, in the garden of their home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
On June 5, it was announced Princess Charlotte will be christened on Sunday, July 5, at St Mary Magdalene Church at the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
Princess Charlotte was born on May 2 at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, weighing 8lbs 3oz.
Kensington Palace has released the first official photo of Princess Charlotte with her older brother, Prince George.
The palace tweeted the image of the royal siblings on June 6, having earlier described it as “very special”.
The picture is the first of four photos of Princess Charlotte that will be released Saturday, June 6. The candid shots were taken by the princess’ mother, Kate Middleton, who has a reputation as a “keen photographer,” at Anmer Hall, the family’s home in Norfolk.
On June 5, Kensington Palace announced that Princess Charlotte would be christened on July 5 by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Princess Charlotte’s christening will take place at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child was born on May 2 at London’s St Mary’s Hospital, weighing 8lbs 3oz.
Princess Charlotte is the fourth in line to the UK’s throne and her full name has been registered as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge.
Princess Charlotte’s christening was announced for Sunday, July 5.
The christening of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child will be held at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church on Queen Elizabeth II’s Sandringham estate, in the same church where late Princess Diana was baptized.
Although Princess Charlotte’s godparents won’t be announced until her christening, bookmakers are dusting off their odds on June 5 as the date for the service was announced by Kensington Palace.
According to People Magazine, oddsmakers Ladbrokes has Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie as heading the list of favorite family and friends for Princess Charlotte’s godparents, while gamblers also have Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry as top potential picks.
Peter Phillips, the cousin of Prince William, is tipped by Ladbrokes to get the job at ½, the publication says. Peter Phillips would join the ranks with his sister Zara Tindall, who is already a godparent to Princess Charlotte’s big brother Prince George.