Pic­ture Per­fect Princess

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It was a joy­ous oc­ca­sion full of

sun­shine and smiles when Princess

Char­lotte, daugh­ter of the Duke and

Duchess of Cam­bridge, was chris­tened

on Sun­day, 5th July.

Mem­bers of the royal fam­ily in­clud­ing

The Queen, The Duke of Ed­in­burgh, The

Prince of Wales and The Duchess of

Cornwall at­tended the ser­vice at St. Mary

Mag­da­lene Church on the San­dring­ham

Es­tate in Nor­folk.

Thou­sands of well-wish­ers lined

the route as the Duke of Cam­bridge,

care­fully hold­ing the hand of young

Prince Ge­orge, and the Duchess, push­ing

Princess Char­lotte in a pram once used

by the Queen, walked to the church

near to their fam­ily home, An­mer Hall,

on the royal es­tate. On their ar­rival at

the church, Prince Ge­orge could be seen

stand­ing on tip­toe and anx­iously peer­ing

in­side the pram to check that all was well

with his sis­ter.

Princess Char­lotte El­iz­a­beth Diana was

born on 2nd May and, in a poignant link

with the past, chris­tened at the same church as her late grand­mother

Diana, Princess of Wales. The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, the Most

Rev­erend Justin Welby, con­ducted the ser­vice and, fol­low­ing royal

tra­di­tion, the princess was bap­tised us­ing wa­ter from the River

Jor­dan and the sil­ver gilt Lily Font, which was first used in 1841 for the

chris­ten­ing of Queen Vic­to­ria’s eldest daugh­ter.

The princess was dressed in the Honi­ton lace and white satin

royal chris­ten­ing gown worn by her brother two years ago. It is

an ex­act replica of the orig­i­nal robe used by ev­ery royal baby for

163 years un­til 2004 when it be­came too del­i­cate to wear.

The Duke and Duchess’s de­light and hap­pi­ness is ev­i­dent in the

won­der­ful chris­ten­ing pho­to­graph above. It cap­tures per­fectly

their love of fam­ily life with their very own prince and princess

charm­ing! We share in their joy and send them our warmest

wishes and heart­felt con­grat­u­la­tions. Like mil­lions of peo­ple all

over the world we now ea­gerly await the next ap­pear­ance of

the youngest mem­bers of the royal fam­ily and, of course, Her

Majesty the Queen’s 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in 2016.

COPY­RIGHT: MARIO TESTINO / ART PART­NER

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