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Princess Charlotte's Christening Date Revealed

Friday, June 5, 2015

William and Kate have announced that Princes Charlotte will be christened the 5th of July at St. Mary  Magdalene Church on the Queen's Sandringham Estate.


As you are aware, St. Mary Magdalene is the church most famous for the annual Christmas Day walk to services. Members of the public will probably be able to gather outside in a way they are unable to in London. Royal reporter Rebecca English says she has been told that a "small number" of the public will be allowed to gather, so it seems the royals do want to avoid the crowd of 5,000, as as happened on Christmas in the past. Nevertheless, this will make Charlotte's christening a little more accessible. Hopefully, as with George, there will be video coverage outside and those early initial photographs before the official shots are released. 

William and Kate outside St. Mary Magdalene


While George was christened in London at St. James's Palace, a Norfolk christening is not entirely out the royal norm. In fact, Charlotte's late grandmother and namesake, Diana, Princess of Wales, was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene. More proximately, Princess Eugenie was christened there as well, among others.  



When George was Christened, Kate wore a customized ensemble from Alexander McQueen. I am hopeful we will see an equally dazzling outfit from Kate on this occasion, and I doubt she will disappoint. I know many are still waiting for snaps of the baby princess to be released, and I just don't know when those will come. This news seems like a logical time to release a photo, but nothing has been forthcoming. 


Yesterday, I noted that it had been ten years since Kate attended her first society wedding as William's date. It was the wedding of Rose Astor and Hugh van Cutsem, whose daughter Grace is William's goddaughter and was the most memorable of the flowers girls when William and Kate were married. A happy anniversary to the van Cutsems, and to, in a certain way, a decade of William and Kate's "public life".

37 comments:

  1. Perhaps Catherine will repeat the outfit she wore for George's Christening. It was lovely and ideal for the occasion.

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    1. I wondered about that possibility also. This church will be a beautiful spot.Ali

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    2. I do wonder about the heir and spare thing in this scenario. I think Kate will wear a new ensemble so that when Charlotte is older she will see that Mom had a special outfit all for her. At least, I think that is what Kate should do.

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    3. How about same outfit, different hat? She does that.
      I'd like what used to be called a "picture hat." Sort of like a large flying saucer. ha! It was supposed to frame the face as with a picture. Remember that black hat she wore to a wedding with the blue dress and black jacket, I think? (I can look it up on Kate's Clothes, thanks, Jane) That style, but a little larger.
      I don't know if the season change-mid-Summer versus early Fall-will effect the choice of outfit. The cream
      outfit seems appropriate for both.mk

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    4. Yikes! I changed my mind! (I checked Kate's Clothes) If that black hat were any bigger, she wouldn't need William's
      helicopter-she could fly on her own with that hat. I've decided her Zara Phillip's wedding hat would be perfect.
      Set the Princess's day apart, yet blend together for tradition.mk
      ps-I'm not saying William has his own helicopter. ha!

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    5. The idea of her wearing the same outfit crossed my mind too. Didn't CP Mary wear the same hat when her children were christened?

      mk, I do love large hats, but it would give a little one more to grab onto....not the baby so much, but George. :)

      And I do wonder if we will see a photo before July 5th. Jane is correct, this would have been a good time to release one.

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    6. lol roalfan-but maybe George will be on foot this time. Or perhaps Dad will carry him and Mum the baby?
      Kate looks fabulous in a big hat. I'm not talking Camilla big here.
      I want a big hat! mk

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    7. mk...I'm not arguing with you. :) I'm fond of them too! Even on Camilla. Lol. And a bit off topic here, but I think Maxima can pull them off in a big way. Pardon the pun.

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    8. Oh, well, Maxima...what a delight.mk
      This is the internet, so you couldn't see me stamping my foot and pouting. ha!

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  2. I think that kate will repeat the Alexander McQueen outfit from george's christening... other European royals have done that, too. crown princess mary of denmark, for example, wore the same fascinator to every christening of her 4 children and I think it's also a little bit sentimental... to remember when you last wore it, the toddler who is now able to talk and walk and so on was still so tiny - time goes by so quickly!

    Comparing Kate's outfit 10 years ago and her latest fashion choices, I think her sense of style has improved over the years as a royal girlfriend (later spouse) ^^ I am absolutely in love with her style and the way she combines clothes, but I'm not really a fan of the blazer she wore to hugh van cutsem's wedding (however, the dress looks beautiful).

    I wonder if George will be present at the christening or if he would be too noisy (but Leonor of Spain was also present at her sister's christening when she was only 1 year old - and so was I, even if I'm not royal ;D)?

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    1. Sonja from BavariaJune 5, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      I agree with you! But, I am a little bit selfish so I hope she will wear a new dress ;) It would be nice if she did it like crown princess mary, wearing the same hat + a nee dress..

      I hope (and am almost sure) that George will be present at the christening! (My sister's christening was exactly my second birthday and I was present there, too)

      I am so excited to see pictures of the little princess charlotte: the official ones I'm waiting for(... and waiting... and waiting... why doesn't Kensington Palace release them??) + the pictures which will be taken at the christening.

      But I've got a question: the monogram on the official announcement is only W for william. Why not CW (the monogram of both william and kate together)??

      A huge thank you to anyone who knows the answer :)

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    2. Sonja, I too was surprised to see this monogram. It made sense to me when Charlotte was born because it was not worded as a joint announcement (more on Kate's behalf), but this time it is a joint announcement. And the debate begins........ :))

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    3. Sonja & Royalfan - I am really confused over the use of only the W monogram lately and asked Jane to help clarify ... I haven't seen any insight shared.

      Royalfan - even when they delivered the birthday sweets to the diehard royal fan, his birthday message was only on the W stationary. I can't figure it out. Early in their marriage I think a lot of the WC was used.

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    4. I think due to William's precedence , his name would have to come first, and that just wouldn't work - would it!

      Someone asked about women playing polo. It does happen - Jodie Kidd is a polo player - but I don't know if any royals have done so. I'm sure Anne hasn't , not so sure about Zara.

      But it won't happen with Kate. She is either allergic to or frightened of horses - I've heard both as possibilities. I would guess she's nervous about riding as she has been quite near the pony lines at polo which would make an allergy seem less likely - but maybe there are jabs...

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    5. Julia from LeominsterJune 5, 2015 at 6:57 PM

      I think due to William's precedence , his name would have to come first, and that just wouldn't work - would it!

      Someone asked about women playing polo. It does happen - Jodie Kidd is a polo player - but I don't know if any royals have done so. I'm sure Anne hasn't , not so sure about Zara.

      But it won't happen with Kate. She is either allergic to or frightened of horses - I've heard both as possibilities. I would guess she's nervous about riding as she has been quite near the pony lines at polo which would make an allergy seem less likely - but maybe there are jabs...

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    6. Maybe they ran out of WC stationery?mk

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    7. Faith from MassachusettsJune 5, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      I have some vague recollection that when the W monogram came up at Charlotte's birth that someone said it was Windsor stationary. Not sure where I read that. Does anyone remember?

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    8. Maybe it is W for Wales? Is Prince William still called William Wales? Does anyone know?
      It has not been mentioned in conjunction with Catherine. Maybe Wales was dropped in favour of Cambridge?
      Or maybe YES, they could have run out of stationary haha mk ;-)

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    9. I'm not sure about that Faith. Traditionally, it has been the first initial or a combination of. For example, Charles and Diana each had their own AND one that had both a "C" and a "D". I also recall seeing "KP".

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    10. I am interested in this now. Could not find any images of Prince William or Prince Harry Christening announcements to see what the letterhead was. Might be in a book. Assume it is consistent over they years. ali

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    11. Hi ladies! Sorry for never responding to a request to clarify the monogram. Things certainly slip through the cracks this end. I don't have any idea why they don't use the joint monogram. I reached out to royal reporter Emily Andrews to see if she could shed some light, and she was equally unsure as to why they only use the W. It is a little...odd. William and Kate did have that joint cipher for their wedding, putting C first to avoid the WC jokes. :) Maybe they decided since the monogram breaks protocol in that sense, but the alternative isn't an option, to only use William's initial?

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    12. People have probably moved on from this thread/post, but I can't. I think the WC joke was used for the monogram designed for wedding collectible souvenirs - they changed it to CW to avoid that. However, the Cambridges joint monogram/cipher is overlapping and intertwined - no letter takes precedent. I most recently recall seeing the jointused on the Aus/NZ tour thank you photo, and it was on their wedding cake.

      http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/royal_wedding_cake_says_it_with_flowers_1_879786

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2850263/How-royal-family-thank-cards-Never-seen-snap-Kate-William-posing-chubby-cheeked-Prince-George-emerges.html

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  3. Selfishly, I hope Kate wears a new outfit for this, but I understand the sentimental value of wearing the same for all the christenings! I can't imagine George not being present for his sister's christening!

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  4. I hope for a new dress but perhaps the same hat? I do think that Princess Charlotte should have christening that is just as special as Prince George had ...even if she is the 'spare'. She is still in line to the throne and every bit as special as her brother. I am certain that William and Kate will never make any distinctions between the heir and the spare. Anyway, I would be happy just for a picture of Princess Charlotte right now. I did read that Kate was spotted 'playing monster and I am going to get you' with Prince George on Sunday at Kensingston Park I believe. Mr. Security +1 in tow of course.
    All we can do is wait... ~ Nina

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  5. We know that Princess Charlotte will wear the same christening gown as Prince George and Kate's outfit matched so beautifully, but I hope she chooses a new outfit to wear for the sake of photographs. In researching our family history it is so much easier to distinguish an event by the outfits. As in "You can tell this was taken at George's christening because of his mom's outfit." Just like the photos of Diana at her boys respective christenings. Let's face it, newborn babies wearing the same outfits all look the same.

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  6. Faith from MassachusettsJune 5, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Did anyone notice that the christening will be during Diana's birthday week? Kinda nice :-)

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    1. Thank you for pointing that out, Faith. I didn't to be honest. But I did/do think it's nice that they are having it at the same church where Diana was christened.

      I also don't see it as a less important setting for "the spare" (a term I don't care for). W&K have two homes and if they are living at Anmer right now, it's appropriate for the baby to be christened there. Otherwise there might be complaints about it not being good enough, etc.

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    2. Yes, royalfan, a very nice touch to have the baptism in the same church. In his own way, William seems to be including his mother in these major milestones .

      I don't see these arrangements as inferior to PG's either. Different doesn't necessarily mean less than.

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    3. I think it's great that they have chosen a Church for Christening both their children. Never did understand why members of the royal family so often have preferred a room at Buckingham Palace.

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    4. Well said Faith, thank you. I don't see Charlotte as "the spare" either royalfan. That is a horrible way to describe anyone! 2IC maybe haha.
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    5. Just a thought...

      Perhaps the BP setting had to do with the royal family's preference for keeping children out of sight until they can be relied upon to be cooperative. :) Also, no arrivals or departures to be seen. Overall, a very controlled scenario.

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  7. Faith, thanks for this observation. No, I hadn't realized it, and I love the thought! Diana's birthday week, the same church where she was christened make this even more special for Charlotte. I so enjoy every way that William involves his beloved mother. Katherine USA

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  8. Personally, I am just excited to see an image of the children together with their parents. I hope that will come soon. They are such a darling family.

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  9. I would love duchess to recycle that dress that she whore prince George christening I love the though that lady Diana birthday week and correct me if im wrong the lady di was christening the same church as princess charlotte will christening

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    1. I would love to see the dress again, too. I thought her whole outfit was spectacular especially how her dress matched the christening gown. It also helps that cream is my favorite color.

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  10. Just announced--several photographs of Charlotte and George to be issued in time for Sunday papers. Will be on TV late this evening.
    Also send thanks to all who sent good wishes

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  11. Just saw the new pictures! They are so adorable and they were taken by Kate!

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