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".