Public invited to West Norfolk royal christening
Members of the public have been invited to catch a glimpse of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince George at Charlotte's christening service at a West Norfolk church on Sunday July 5.
St Mary Magdalene Church (pictured below) on the Royal estate at Sandringham in West Norfolk has been selected for the christening service of the three-month-old princess, which will take place at 4.30pm on Sunday July 5.
Kensington Palace has released a statement inviting well-wishers to take part in the special day, and that they will be welcomed in the paddock outside the St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham with gates being opened at 3pm.
"The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte's birth — many of them from local people in Norfolk — and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening," said the statement.
The church itself will be open to invited guests only, but thousands of people are expected to turn out for the rare opportunity to see the fourth in line to the throne, in much the same way as crowds gather to see the Royal Family attend the church ovr Christmas.
Princess Charlotte will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
Archbishop Justin Welby said: “I am delighted to be invited to conduct the baptism of HRH Princess Charlotte. It will be an extraordinary honour and privilege to help welcome the Princess into the family of the church. Along with her parents and all her family, I look forward to joining in this joyful day of celebration and thanksgiving.”
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born on May 2 at St Mary’s Hospital, in London. Within a few day her parents brought her home to their home at Anmer Hall, near Sandringham.
Members of the Royal Family are usually christened in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace or the private chapel at Windsor Castle. But the duke and duchess have opted to break with tradition, choosing a church much closer to home.
Pictured above are the Duke and Duchess of Campridge with Princess Charlotte outside St Mary's Hospital in London. Picture copyright Getty Images.