Princess Charlotte is christened
It is the first time England's little princess makes a public appearance with her entire family
Sandringham's St. Mary Magdalene Church saw a joyous affair on Sunday when the British royal family – as well as thousands of well-wishers – came together for Princess Charlotte's christening.
Her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, big bro Prince George, Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Middletons were all present for the baptism, which was conducted in private by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Prince Harry was noticeably missing as he is now in Africa, working on conservation projects.
The Duke & Duchess & their children with The Queen & members of the Royal Family at Princess Charlotte's christening pic.twitter.com/nPfwOa4DA9— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 5, 2015
A closer look at this momentous day reveals a few Easter eggs that are of significance to the royals, not to mention the overwhelming cuteness of both Prince George and Princess Charlotte (we will never get over their chubby cheeks).
Charlotte was baptised with water from the River Jordan on the Lily baptismal font, brought from the Tower of London, where the crown jewels are stored. She wore the same Honiton lace and white satin gown George wore for his christening, and was pushed in the Millson pram that was used for Princes Edward and Andrew.
Princess Charlotte was taken to church today in this Millson pram, previously used for Prince Edward & Prince Andrew. pic.twitter.com/Netmsm2Jga— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 5, 2015
Princess Charlotte will be baptised in the Lily Font, commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840. pic.twitter.com/BBL9QcMCso— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 5, 2015
Prince William and Kate (who wore a cream Alexander McQueen ensemble, paired with a Jane Taylor hat) chose five godparents for their 2-month-old daughter – close friends and cousins instead of royal family members. One of them is William's cousin Lady Laura Fellowes, the late Princess Diana's niece. The others are Kate's cousin Adam Middleton, her close friend Sophie Carter and William's friends Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade.
The Duke and Duchess and their children arrive at St Mary Magdalene Church for Princess Charlotte's christening pic.twitter.com/KJ1UJhSI5r— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 5, 2015
The white and red outfit Prince George wore is also a throwback to what his father wore as a toddler on the day he went to meet his newborn brother Prince Harry for the first time, the BBC notes. Mario Testino was appointed official photographer for the christening; we wait on tiptoes to see the undoubtedly beautiful pictures of the royal family.