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A royal celebration

A royal celebration

The christening of Princess Charlotte on Sunday was a joyful occasion for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, family and the well wishers who gathered to see the royal couple step out for the first time since their daughter's birth in May.

A royal celebration

Baby Princess Charlotte was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in a private ceremony at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on Sunday.

Outside well wishers gathered to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, one-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte (pushed by the Duchess in a vintage pram) as they made their way to church. It was the family’s first public outing since Princess Charlotte’s birth on May 2.

Charlotte’s late grandmother, Princess Diana, was also christened in the 16th-century church in 1961.

Nine-week-old Charlotte’s lace and satin christening gown was a replica of the gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, also Victoria, in 1841. It was the same gown that brother George wore for his christening.

The ceremony was a private affair attended by close family members and a small group of guests including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Middleton’s.

Baby Charlotte has five godparents – Prince William’s cousin Laura Fellowes, friends Sophie Carter, James Meade and Thomas van Straubenzee and the duchess’s cousin Adam Middleton.

Britain's Prince George looks into the pram of his sister Princess Charlotte after her christening at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Britain July 5, 2015.

Britain’s Prince George looks into the pram of his sister Princess Charlotte after her christening at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Britain July 5, 2015.

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