Royal christening attracts crowds of well wishers to Norfolk for Princess Charlotte’s big day
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Princess Charlotte was christened in front of the Queen and close family and friends today as the Cambridges had their first public outing as a family of four.
The nine-week-old was welcomed into the Christian faith, watched by proud parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and older brother Prince George.
Great-grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate’s siblings Pippa and James Middleton joined Charlotte’s five godparents for the celebratory occasion at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Norfolk.
The Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby performed the baptism – a must for royal babies – using the ornate silver gilt Lily Font which is part of the Crown Jewels.
The Princess was christened using holy water from the River Jordan, where it is said Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
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Charlotte was pushed to her christening in a vintage pram – which the Queen used for two of her own children – in what was only the royal infant’s second appearance in public.
Kate strolled from Sandringham House to the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Norfolk pushing the large traditional silver wheeled Millson pram – once used for the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – while William held George’s hand as the prince, who is nearly two, waved at the crowds.
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After a short service lasting just over half an hour, the royals began emerging from the church.