Just like any other christening, it was all about the baby.
But as Britain’s Royals baptised Princess Charlotte, she had to share the limelight with big brother George – taking some of his first steps in public life.
For Prince William and his wife Kate, this was their first public outing with their two children – and it was near their country home in Norfolk in eastern England on the Queen’s Sandringham estate that Sunday’s private service was held.
But well-wishers were not far away and thousands turned out to greet Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and her family as they left The Church of St Mary Magdalene.
The princess’s full name, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, is a nod to her late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
Kate, known officially as the Duchess of Cambridge, pushed Charlotte in a black, vintage pram once used by the Queen for two of her children. George, dressed in bright red shorts and a white embroidered shirt, walked hand-in-hand with his father.
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) 5 Juillet 2015
Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne, behind her brother, who will turn two later this month.
The christening was conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the Anglican Church, who also oversaw the christening of Prince George.
The princess wore the same christening robe that George had worn. The lace and satin gown, made by Queen Elizabeth’s dressmaker, is a replica of one first used by the royal family in 1841.
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