Royal well-wishers greet Princess Charlotte, christened in Sandringham

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PRINCESS CHARLOTTE was christened on Sunday (July 5) at the Church of St Mary Magdelene in Sandringham, Norfolk. Her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, chose five godparents, including Prince William’s cousin, Laura Fellowes, the daughter of Princess Diana’s sister.
Others taking part in the private ceremony as godparents were a cousin of the duchess, Adam Middleton, and close friends Sophie Carter and James Meade. The fifth was Thomas van Straubenzee, a friend of the duke since prep school, who gave a speech at the royal couple’s wedding.
Although the ceremony itself was private, attended by Princess Charlotte’s great-grandparents the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and grandparents the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Carol and Michael Middleton, the public was invited into the paddock area near the church to greet the royal family before and after the christening.
It was the first time baby Charlotte had been seen in public alongside her older brother Prince George.
Also present for the event were the duchess’s brother and sister, James and Pippa Middleton, although Prince Harry was absent, currently in Namibia on a three-month trip to Africa where he’ll work on conservation projects. The prince recently left the army after ten years of service.
Carrying out the baptism was Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

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