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Royally Christened Into Life With Christ: Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana's Baptism

Sunday, July 5, 2015

What a beautiful, beautiful day for a baptism! As you know, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was christened this afternoon at St. Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, right by the Queen's estate in Norfolk. It was an intimate affair with only the Queen, Prince Philip, The Middletons, Waleses, and the god-parents (and spouses) present. And Nanny Maria, of course.



Much has been made of the Cambridges' choice to baptize Charlotte away from London. I think a lot of factors played into the decision. It is widely agreed that a motivating force was that the little princess's grandmother and namesake, Princess Diana, was christened at St. Mary Magdalene, too. It is widely known that William and Kate are keen to keep that connection alive and meaningful to their children. This church, though, also is in keeping with William and Kate's current focus on their family. Away from the bustle of the capital, near the home in which they are raising their family, it fit perfectly into their current lifestyle. The royals were also able to include their loyal public in their joy, which they seem happy to do when they are able to accommodate crowds.



It was quite the Victorian event. I had never really thought much about the interior of St. Mary Magdalene, but in the run-up to the service, multiple news outlets were rolling specials on the church, and guess what, it is gorgeous inside! It should be no surprise, I suppose. Dating from the 16th century (in present form), St. Mary Magdalene has been the family church of the BRF in Norfolk since Victoria bought Sandringham Estate in 1862.



At an undisclosed time and under guard, the priceless silver baptismal font, called the Lily Font thanks to its design in the shape of the delicate flower, was transported from London to Norfolk.  The font was commissioned by Victoria and Albert in 1840. Baptism is the sacrament in which the soul is washed clean of original sin, and so the lily's symbolism of purity is thematic. The Royal Collection describes the piece:
Christening font with a bowl in the form of an expanded flower with a border of water-liles and leaves; stem formed of leaves, flanked at the base by three seated cherubs playing lyres upon a circular plinth with coats of arms and supporters.
Princess Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa was baptized using the font on February 10, 1841, depicted here by C.R. Leslie. If you want to know more about the font, pop over to the Royal Collection website here. They have more details and some high resolution photos. 

via @KensingtonRoyal
I was most excited to hear that the couple had chosen John Rutter for the baptism. Rutter is an absolute genius, and his arrangement of "This is the Day" composed especially for William and Kate's wedding remains as magnificent today as it was on its debut April 29th. For Charlotte's christening, her parents chose two Rutter anthems: "I Will Sing with the Spirit", which is very melodious, flowing, and bright; and "God Be in My Head", which has a more traditional, liturgical flavor. Both are very beautiful. (Below is such a great photo of the family walking to the Church! William is looking at Kate, and I love how he often looks at her during these events, sharing the happiness with her, not just experiencing it himself.)



George walked hand-in-hand with his daddy, while Kate pushed Princess Charlotte in her pram. George really has no problem with the crowds, only interested curiosity. Unlike at the hospital, he was happy to walk and wave, and actually had to be carried from the church after the baptism because he was running about a little too confidently.  




Let's talk a little bit about the fashion. As I suspected, Kate debuted a new ensemble for this christening, wearing a custom McQueen coat and dress, Jane Taylor hat, and Russell & Bromley court shoes in a sensible mid-heel. She was wearing her Cartier watch and debuted Mappin & Webb "Empress" pendant earrings that matched her "Empress" pendant necklace. I know that most are guessing these were a recent gift, but I am inclined to think she probably got the earrings and necklace as a set, but is only now wearing them together. Sets can look very matchy match,y and to me that kind of coordination is better suited to a formal event, such as today, or like at the Afghanistan Service:



I wondered who would snag the milliner's slot, and with this commission, I think that Jane Taylor has solidified her place as the Queen of Toppers. This percher shares the same style as George's christening beret and the Fleur Ruffle Beret Kate wore in Belgium. I loved George's christening hat, but I think today's version edges out its predecessor because it is a little crisper. That bit of netting on the 2013 has always bothered me in pictures.



McQueen has once again dressed Kate close to perfection, although in a completely different style to the first christening ensemble. Unlike the young and flirty feel of Kate's ruffle-suit, this entire ensemble is very vintage, sophisticated, and elegant, as appropriate for the occasion and Kate's position. It was very beautiful. I loved the sharp pleat in the back that gave the coat some swing.

At first I was not in love with that neckline. V-neck is my favorite, but the lapels on this didn't seem to match the structure of the rest of the piece. On closer inspection, however, they work very well with the multiple darts on this coat, and as is not unusual, Sarah Burton has gotten it right again.  I would very much love to see the dress underneath, which must have either a corresponding v-neck, or something that doesn't get in the way of the coat...so, probably pretty gorgeous. :)



Of course, it was a delight to see Kate's family. Carole appears to be wearing a coat not unlike the style she wore to the Royal Wedding. It looks very Catherine Walker to me. Her shoes and clutch  are Emmy London, *I think*. As you know, Kate has a number of the label's accessories in her closet, and we know how the Middleton women like to shop at the same stores.



Pippa picked a customized Emilia Wickstead. That high neckline is bold, and I love that she wore something out of the norm. Wickstead is, of course, also a Kate favorite. She seems to specialize in two extremes: whimsical prints and sharply tailored pieces. This was the latter and I loved it. Pips's shoes and clutch are purportedly Charlotte Olympia.



After the christening, both families returned to the Queen's home for a tea that included one of the tiers from William and Kate's wedding cake. George was feeling a little rambunctious post service, and he was charmingly underfoot, darting beneath the adults and peeking into the pram at his little sister.


The tot made a break for freedom on the walk back, and William and Kate had a little family moment as the delighted grandparents looked on with amusement:


Verdict:  Perfect. Today was like watching an idyllic old movie, or flipping through a picture book. The classic fashion, the green grass and cheery sunshine...it was a masterpiece. Of course, it helped that the day has such very special meaning. In Christian theology, baptism is the event at which a child (or adult) is reborn spiritually and welcomed into the family of Christ. So, today is Princess Charlotte's "second" birthday! The entirely different venue, location, and sartorial style strongly distinguished this christening from George's, which is nice for Charlotte, I think.  Isn't she lovely? I think the Middleton genes are very strong. :) 


We will be seeing Kate in just a few days. Could we be more spoiled? 

89 comments:

  1. This reader had been hoping for a bit of color in the Middleton dresses ~ like a pale blush pink?

    And I loved seeing Nanny Maria in her Norland College uniform - so traditional.

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    1. I agree re: Maria.

      Question for Jane or fellow readers: what rules/guidelines surround the wearing of the Norland uniform? Clearly, today's events have a strong nostalgia theme, and I'm wondering what the selection of the Norland uniform contributes to the day. Are there guidelines which govern which types of events a Norland graduate might wear this kind of uniform? We often see Maria in business wear/suits, so I'm wondering what "rules" (flexibly stated) govern use of this outfit. Is it at the discretion of the nanny? At the request of the family? Governed by a set of formal events in some kind of Norland guide? Seriously meant question, thought it may sound silly.

      The family is taking such pains to "code" their public actions and appearances in terms of tradition, nostalgia, and heritage (not judging bad or good here, but I think certainly intentional), that I'm guessing the public is meant to engage in an interpretative process in a positive way.

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    2. Not a silly question, Anon. :) Normally, we see Maria dressed in a way that reflects W&K's more modern approach (as permitted, that is). But this occasion called for "formal" dress which, in the nanny's case, meant wearing a uniform. She attended the christening as a nanny and she dressed the part. I didn't read any more into it than that to be honest.

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    3. Here is an interesting article from DM, since their uniforms were updated a couple years ago. It also references a "practical outfit" of navy trousers, which isn't too far off from what we see her in when she's out working.
      ~ Amanda

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2516785/Brand-new-look-Norland-Nannies-traditional-uniform-gets-revamp-time-70-years.html

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  2. Yes, we could.:) For instance with more pics of Charlotte, that would be nice for the start:)
    It was a very very nice and happy day. Kate looked regal and awesome. The thing went well, I suppose.

    On the other hand, I wish they would stop doing these replica things, once or twice but poor kid,I got the references and all but still I wish that they would let George just be, why does he need to wear similar outfit like his dad did 30 years ago? They should look forward sometimes not back.

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    1. I think they're trying hard to balance modern (their own way) and traditional. One of the ways they're really honing in on for traditional is George's public attire. One day the kid will have a say in what he wears...maybe ;-)

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    2. Faith from BostonJuly 5, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      Hi Katie. Even though George's outfit does look like William's, the romper is a traditional European style for small boys for more formal events. Its as current today as it was in William's childhood. Not a lot of options for dressing young boys for dressy events. An adult styled suit would look silly while shorts and a shirt would be too casual.

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    3. Ok, here we go again with everything being done to honor Diana. Catherine has her engagement ring. Charlotte has her name. The christening was in the same church as Diana. And they are dressing George the same way Diana dressed William. I understand William wanting to honor his mother, however, during their engagement interview, he said Catherine would not have to follow in Diana's footsteps, but it seems like that is exactly what they are doing. I'm sure Catherine is probably ok with it because she loves William and wants to please him. But in my opinion, which probably no one else shares, it seems to be getting a little morbid.

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    4. I suspect George would be wearing the very same outfit even if Diana was alive. This particular touch has more to do with tradition than honoring Diana, IMO.

      And personally, I am happy to see a child dressed like a child and not a little man. Now that to me would look costume-like. :)

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    5. Couldn't agree more. Christian of Denmark was a similar age when his sister was baptised and was dressed in a nice pair of pants and button down shirt, perfectly appropriate for an under-2 in the 21st century. The outfit George wore was old-fashioned when William wore it in the 1980s.

      W&K have been very traditional lately, I'd be interested to know the thinking.

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    6. I happen to like that style of clothing on young children. I do not mind seeing clothing on anyone that looks old fashion if it is a style I like. I also think it can make for great family photos over the years from Charles to George. Another style would be fine I just happen to like this look and like having it reference back to family photos. Agree with some others that I also do not think it is a reference to Diana. Ali

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    7. Me too! Smocked clothing on children is still super-popular many places; I wore it in the late 80s when I was little, and I see children wearing it today. Whether you like the look or not is personal taste. Some people are trying to frame it as if she's forcing George to wear hoop skirts or something...

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  3. Great post, Jane! I have so many thoughts:

    - Lovely. Adorable. Perfectly coordinated. Joyous.
    - Where was Harry??
    - People I am glad were not godparents: Guy Pelly, the York girls, Jecca. Literally went *phew* when I saw the list, LOL.
    - Why do Pippa and James never bring their other halves to these events? Because they aren't married? I've hard Donna isn't liked by the Middleton women. I also think it is strange Donna and Nico didn't make the Mustique trip...something smells suspicious to me...
    - The earrings could have been a later gift...my husband has a tendency to purchase matching sets at the same time, then breaks up giving, giving me the sets over different gift-giving occasions. Not always, sometimes I do get gifted an entire set at once. Since we've never seen the earrings before, I believe they were gifted separately; however, this isn't a point worth arguing over as we'll most likely never know for sure :-)
    - Oh, Pippa. I did not like the dress at all. Too old and nun-like for a young lady. I am not being mean, promise, it was just images the outfit conjured in my mind.
    - On Twitter I noticed I'm not the only one thrilled to figure out who mystery man is...Adam Middleton! His wife looks pregnant...or her dress was blowing. I always wondered if they weren't on good terms with the Middleton family, but they are just incredibly discreet.
    - You mention that you love how William looks at Kate, not just enjoying the moment to himself - I think this is what he was looking for in a spouse, someone to truly share things with.
    - Nanny Maria was adorable in her outfit. She is very proud and takes her job and role seriously.

    Amanda, Canada

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    1. I got an error-type message on a comment I just tried to submit...Anyway:

      - I love Sophie Carter's style. Looking at old photos and today, I'd describe her style as young-fun-eccentric-librarian. She also appears to be unmarried. I think the kids will love her!
      - Carole's dress looked reminiscent of the royal wedding, and I hope Michael was wearing his acorn tie pin!
      - Carole and Philip always seem to have a good laugh!
      - In some photos, while Carole is socializing, you can see Michael just watching his daughter's family interact. What a proud moment, being an observer of your life's greatest accomplishment: family.

      Amanda, Canada

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    2. Harry is in Africa. I'm sure his plans were made before the christening date was set.

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  4. Today was picture perfect for this beautiful family. Diana would be so very proud of William, Kate and her beautiful grandchildren. I look forward to the official photos, but from what we could see of Charlotte, she looks like George.

    I loved Kate's and Pippa's outfits...absolutely stunning with their hairstyles. And I do believe Carole was wearing another Catherine Walker . Classy and elegant as always.

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  5. Lovely event all around; I lived Kate's dress (in her favorite white) and thought she looked elegant but still young. George is so feisty! And Charlotte is destined to be a looker;) can't wait to see them at tennis!

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  6. Faith from BostonJuly 5, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    You're right Jane! It did look like a scene from an idyllic movie of yesteryear. The afternoon was perfect from the setting to the clothing to how it was all executed. Pippa looked spectacular! She really set the vintage vibe, imo. Kate's coat was perfect. The structure of the neckline and the inverted center pleat in the back was graceful and lovely. The hat was beautiful. Im oooohing and aaahhhing :-)

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  7. George is ADORABLE. Kate is radiant. William is so proud. And Charlotte is simply an angel.
    -TMM

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  8. Hello Jane...

    Thanks for a great post...as always. What a beautiful day. Kates outfit is absolutely stunning and perfect for the occassion. Unlike many others, I like her hair down as it makes her look more youthful...which she is. But there are occassions that just demand an updo and today was one of them. Not only would the wind have made it a mess by the time they got to the church but the fomality of the occassion also suited an updo. Kate looked elegant, posied and simply beautiful. This outfit was a big win.

    On to other guests....I also am not blown away with Pippa's outfit. One it is to much like Kates. And second..the high collar looks a little odd and certainly out of place for a summer event. Also while I love Carole's coatdress..gorgeous...I also dislike her hair when she wears a hat. It seems that she just styles her hair as normal and then plucks the hat on top of it. It doesn't work. Your hair needs to be styled and adjusted to work with the hat. But just my opinion. I loved Sophie's coatdress and would love to see the front of it. And I thought this was one her majesty's more lovely outfits...the print was perfect for summer and the occassion.

    Finally...George was just adorable. Does it get any sweeter than him peering into the pram. Wonderful day for us fans of the Royal Family and for the Royal Family themselves.

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    1. I totally agree, I thought Pippa's outfit was too much like Kate's at first glance, and didn't she do the same thing at the last christening? Wear the same color? I didn't care for the high neckline either, although on someone else it might have worked better. Pippa's proportions always seem to be off, too square, too short, too flat...she needs to be elongated in her silhouette, not chopped off at the neck, or thigh, or whatever. Hope that doesn't sound too mean! Just my opinion. And Carole: you totally nailed it about the hair with hats. Although Carole always looks appropriate at dressy events, if it calls for a hat she usually looks a bit frumpy. Boring. She has nailed it a couple of times, once in a form-fitting red dress with no hat, her hair pinned up in a chic chignon, and she looks amazing in a lot of her casual outfits, very hip. But when there's a hat: ugh. She should have Kate's hairdresser give her a hat makeover. :) I wish there was a Carole Middleton style blog, being 49 I'd love to be inspired by her! Cheers! :)

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  9. I've been to the church a number of times, and it is so lovely and quaint... Perfect for the small gathering which they wanted.

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  10. Hello! I loved everything about today. Getting to the outfits...I loved the McQueen but did anyone else find that the hairstyle did not complement her beautiful face? She has lost much of her pregnancy weight but the hairstyle not only made her look rather matronly but also made her look plumper around the face than she is.

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    1. Anonymous, I also thought Kate's face looked plumper....more womanly than girly. It will be interesting to see if her style of dress changes after her maternity leave. Perhaps going for a more grown up look. Just speculating.

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    2. Thanks Kathy, interesting indeed. I guess I was a left a little underwhelmed by the hairstyle. She should look more regal and grown up...but this should be achievable without looking dowdy. On the flip side...am so glad to see her in more statement pieces of jewellery than before.

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  11. Laura ~ here are my longwinded thoughts on Sophie's outfit: Historically they seemed to release a photo that included the godparents. They didn't with George. I can see how part of it is to protect the privacy of their friendships, as past godparents were more "business" than close-knit bonds. How this relates, is it would be nice if they released a godparent photo so we could see Sophie's dress. Maybe a photo will surface of her walking back to Sandringham, if we can be so hopeful :-) Also, the entrance/exit was a bit of a PR/social media fail, so I'm not too hopeful, but we shall see.

    Amanda, Canada

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    1. A lovely day--Catherine looked elegant and serene, but the little ones stole the show.---well, let's be honest, George stole the show. His expressions are a joy and I couldn't help wondering what was the subject of his serious discussion with the Queen.
      Of course everything was planned,; even ordinary mortals tend to plan these affairs carefully, but you cannot totally plan what a nine weeks old baby and a little boy not quite two will do---that's what added to the enjoyment

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  12. I had a similar reaction when I saw the neckline of Kate's dress. The first several photos I saw were of her pushing the pram, and so I only saw the coat from the waist up. I changed my tune after seeing it full length.

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  13. Thanks, Jane! As usual, the best of the Kate bloggers for coverage and detail. I could not appreciate Kate's coat until your photos pointed to the lovely detail.

    I had to have a giggle at the video of Kate pushing the vintage Silver Cross up the path to the church--it appears at one point she is rolling over grass or a tough patch in the path in this video. She almost seems to be digging in with her lovely heels and ramming at one point--of course, Kate does it with grace and recovers without a blip! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1196648/William-Kate-arrive-Princess-Charlottes-christening.html

    I'm also a bit confused (or maybe not convinced) about the use of the vintage Silver Cross. Tradition is lovely, but….

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    1. Faith from BostonJuly 5, 2015 at 5:03 PM

      I think a vintage pram is much more aesthetically pleasing than a modern one. Kind of like renting a vintage Rolls Royce for a wedding.

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    2. I love that they used the vintage pram. Often things like this are done for the benefit of the older relatives. I suspect it was special for Queen Elizabeth to see her pram used. She and Phillip are getting quite old and making moments like this connect to their younger years and history would be I suspect very meaningful for them at this stage of their lives.
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      Oh also I suspect any pram would have been difficult to push up the grass, the easiest would be a jogging stroller but no way would that accommodate the christening gown, nor look very nice:)

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    3. The Princess is also the Queen's namesake.

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  14. Jeanne, VancouverJuly 5, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    OMG - Kate looked stunning from head to toe - love her hair. And Pippa's dress - gorgeous. The Middleton women really know about elegant dressing and style. Looking forward to seeing the official photos when they're release tomorrow, especially to see what little Charlotte looks like now.

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  15. Absolutely delightful! Kate was beyond perfection, and so was her beautiful family. Nobody looks better in a hat and sky high heels (those may be "mid heels" for her, but they're stilettos to me!) :) than Kate. And today she looked every inch the lovely Duchess, beaming with happiness, and dressed like an angel! Sarah Burton @ Alexander McQueen is a genius, and now my favorite designer ever. What's more, Kate just might have the two cutest children on the planet! I really notice too how these children are giving all of the family members a new glow. Everyone from Carol to Charles, from Camilla to the the Queen, they all seem so happy to have little George there, and now Charlotte, they beam at them and at each other, and I'm sure it can't help but soften everyone and fill them with love. As life should be. :) And I just love watching William and Kate parent together, they look just like all of us when they have to squat down and redirect George. I cannot wait to see Charlotte and George grow! So much fun for everyone! :)

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    1. It looked like George might have received a mild reprimand. I remember at Harry's christening, William was running around a little too rambunctiously and Charles scooped him up and carried him, much like what appeared to happen here. On another site I saw a picture where George appeared to be crying or on the verge of tears, but apparently just for a moment. I was happy that nanny Maria was included just like another member of the family. And while she had on her traditional uniform, that huge smile showed how proud she was to be a part of it. As always Carole and Michael looked immaculate; I wish I could see Pippa's entire dress. It looks like it is stunning. I thought, since the public was invited, that we might get a photo of the family with Charlotte out of her pram. Kate looked great, of course. Her Alexander McQueen outfits are always fabulous and IMO far superior to his runway costumes.

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  16. Hi Jane! Thanks for the post. Do you have any thoughts on why Nanny Maria wore her NN uniform? Is it because she was an attendee but not an official guest? Couldn't put my finger on that one.

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    1. I would guess that it is because this is a formal, public event and she is on duty. It makes sense in that context.

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  17. The jewelry is named on other blogs as Mappin and Webb. A typo or autocorrect perhaps?

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    1. I thought it was Mapping. It's not Mapping?


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    2. Oh Jane, you are cheeky as ever. Thanks for your good humor.

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    3. I was just teasing. :) I am sure Anon 7:06pm knows all about my typos, which are (regrettably) legendary. ;)

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  18. Not to incite the wrath of the crowd :) but this just seems a little too stage managed. Camilla Tominey wrote an excellent piece months ago, basically wishing that the public profile was more natural, more like we see in candid photos. It's all just starting to seem a little too Stepford...
    I thought the ivory ensemble again was odd, given it was so similar to what she wore to George's christening, and I also can't understand why Kate and Pippa plan to wear such similar outfits. (hard to imagine they don't know what the other is wearing) Even if they're quite different in person, in photos (particularly one posted by Rebecca English) they look almost identical, down to the hairstyle!
    The George outfit was no mistake and again just seemed odd, staged, trying a little too hard.
    Was it a beautiful day? Yes. Did it look wonderful? Yes. But maybe a little too much, more styled than natural. As if they followed a "How to Plan the Perfect Christening" guide... just my observations, but I think they'll be more successful down the road if they relax a little, appear a little less controlled.

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    1. Hi Anon 9:22

      I think that is a fair comment even though I would not share your view. Being Royals...I think it is difficult for them to just "go with the flow" and be more natural as that opens up the risk of things going totally haywire and we know that the media would never let a royal "PR slip up" die. We would be reading about it for years to come. I think in there position as probably the most high profile royal family in the world...there is just to big of a price if things go sideways.

      While I totally get where your comment that this all seems very "staged" comes from ..and agree with you that this was definitely planned out....I was not offended by that. In fact I suspect there is a whole lot more planning in all of the royal families events that involve the public then we even realize. And as for the "natural" side of their lives...I am surprized how many pictures we do get...such as the ones in the German People magazine and the ones of Carole with PG on her shoulders that recently came out.

      I think it is a matter of balance. And I think that K and W are doing a good job of trying to distinguish what the public sees when they are in the "royal" roles and still letting us see bits of them when they are just being a wife/mom/father/husband etc..

      However...I agree with you on the Kate and Pippa outifits. Not a chance that they didn't know what the other was wearing and I don't understand the logic of them both being so identical. It was the same at PG's christening. Don't get it. So on that point...definitely agree with.

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    2. The white/ivory is reflective of the purity and innocence of the child and the reverence of the baptismal ceremony. To me it seems appropriate. As much as I love Princess Diana, I didn't care for her bright pink hat at William's christening and her dark blue was far to somber for Harry's. Rare misses for her. Little George's outfit is so typically British for a little boy attending church. The red was a little shocking to me but he looked adorable. It's a dressy event and they knew the public would show up. If they had driven the few hundred yards to the church and gotten out of the car out of view then everyone would have been upset. The walk does need to be controlled for security reasons but I thought they just looked like a very happy little family sharing their joy with everyone. As for Pippa, I'm sure she knew Kate was wearing ivory so if she had shown up in something flashier she would have upstaged her sister. Not the headlines she wants to have, I'm sure.

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    3. Regarding the "staged managed" observation ... I believe that as long as the Queen is alive (and I'm not sure how much will change with Charles), traditional family occasions/events will be exactly that...very traditional. It isn't a case of being stepford-like, IMO, it is about being respectful of the Queen. In other ways, W&K have made it clear that they want to do things in a modern way, but they are walking a fine line between two different worlds and I think they are handling it beautifully.

      And regarding Pippa's and Kate's outfits being similar ... my take on it is that they are very close and they want that aspect of their relationship to remain unchanged. IMO it shows that Kate is perfectly fine with her sister dressing in a similar manner (i.e. Kate doesn't think she is above her and wants/needs to stand out). My two cents anyway. :)

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    4. William = (predictable) blue, Catherine = white or whitish, George = red. Perhaps a very patriotic (and playful) nod to the Union Jack?

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    5. I think this christening was "themed" and what else would professional party planners do? "Let's go vintage! Does Maria have her old uniform still? We can use that old classic pram.." Carole + Pippa no doubt had input!

      And Anon, 8:58, I so agree with the patriotic nod. I remember wishing Camilla had worn blue during the Queen's Thames boat Jubilee extravaganza - to go with Kate's red and the Queen's white. That would have been perfection, but she disappointingly wore ivory as well.

      I'm probably alone on this, but I still wish one of the Middleton ladies had given a pink nod in their apparel - perhaps a detail on a hat, or jewelry, or a clutch purse - break up the all white, all the time look.

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    6. Wasn't Pippa's purse pale pink?

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    7. I am wondering if the Middleton ladies wore white/ivory because this wood look very good in the Testino photos? They would no doubt opt for some black and white, or even sepia shots, and they would all look gorgeous in white. Whereas pale pink or blue would just look grey. I think there may be a though behind it. We may or may not see some of these photos, but it would make a spectacular family album for the royal family and the Middletons.
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    8. Yes it was!! Thank you for pointing that out - good for Pippa for the pink touch.

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    9. @ Anon July 5 at 9:22PM I found it passing strange as well that Kate, Pippa and even Carole were colour-coded to match. Nor do I think it a matter of coincidence. Two strategies spring to mind as possible explanations: 1. the three Middleton women wished to express their solidarity OR 2. to get a bit Machiavellian, if the Middleton family had paid for, or contributed to, Kate's outfit and jewellery, perhaps Kate's choice boiled down to looking as dilapidated as did William (apparently, the POW does not adhere to ye olde maxim that charity begins at home; you would think that he could afford new suits for both sons more often than once per decade, after all) who sported a tired navy suit and a very tiresome reddish tie or, alternatively, simply accepting Middleton generosity, strings attached.

      Aside from that, I very much liked this latest McQueen Kate wore, a step up in sophistication from the McQueen Kate wore at Georges christening, altho, given the neckline, I would have preferred to see it worn with a pretty pearl necklace, short, and pearl earrings. Alas, Kate lacks a pearl necklace of any length!

      Moving on to the godparents chosen, a subject which many seem to have overlooked, I tend to agree with William and Kate's choice of Adam Middleton (Her cousin) and the Hon Laura Fellowes (His cousin) , mostly because each works for a living, keeps a low profile, and knows better than to give press interviews.

      Sophie Carter pretty much fits into the above-described profile, so she gets a pass, IMO.

      I am iffy on James Meade and Tom van Straubenzee. There is just a whiff of sycophancy lingering around Tom, for example. He of no title manages to marry the daughter of a Duke; methinks his friendship with William did him no harm--and yeah, at the top of British society, which Tom managed to penetrate, snobbism still rules, IMO. What does everyone else think?

      JC

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    10. JC, I agree it was not a coincidence. Not a chance.

      First, it's no secret that Kate has favored the color for many more years than she has been married. And I was not stunned to see her repeat it for her second child's christening.

      Now to add Carole and Pippa to the mix... I believe that mother and daughters enjoy a very warm and friendly relationship. There is no competition or envy in this female trio, IMO. HOWEVER, consider the general climate regarding the Middleton's closeness to W&K and their involvement with George. (Recently, it was even "suggested" [leaked!] that they monopolize George.)

      Given how well the Middleton's have handled the impact of W&K's relationship on their lives, I think the christening outfits had the following basic requirements...they had to be appropriate and worthy of the occasion, but absolutely no ruffling of Windsor feathers. You may accuse the Middleton's of being bland, accuse them of taking away from their own daughter/sister, but do not accuse them of attempting to claim the spotlight at "someone else's" expense.

      In a word...diplomacy. And classy too, IMO.

      Regarding James Meade and Tom van Straubenzee...good points. One, okay, but two? Was there no one else who could bring different qualities to the table?

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    11. A poster on another site suggested that the Middlton ladies coordinated themselves for a portrait by Testino of the three generations and I'm inclined to agree. It would be a beautiful portrait in subtly different shades of the same color.

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    12. Maybe Catherine and William like them...

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    13. I think it may be as simple as white/cream color symbolizes baptism. Also, I doubt they would have called the Queen and Camilla to find out what they were wearing and would in no way want to show up in the same color - so a safe color

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    14. royalfan, I agree that the lovely Middleton women presented no competition. When I look at it that way, The Queen really did stand out in her lovely pink outfit. The vintage nod to Her Majesty was touching. And, having a daughter who is an event planner, I agree that they took a theme and ran with it. But, it was understated and wonderful. IMO.

      JC, I also think it's time for Kate to have a lovely, classic string of pearls added to her wardrobe.

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  19. oh dear jane I love your post and I love the Cambridge family seems its in old time I love pippa middleton dress too and all the day long im looking forward official photos and love prince William helping hand with prince george

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  20. Oh, everything is perfect! I've been so busy all day and this is my first glimpse of the special event. Kate's ensemble from head to toe is very close to being my favorite of all time! Love the walk in the country with the pram and little George in his perfect little British outfit. The scene of the grandparents amusement is priceless. I don't know about Kate but William was wont to take off occasionally so it's a little bit of pay back for Charles, I'm sure! Carole looked just stunning and Camilla actually looked very well too. I want to see more of Pippa's dress. I've heard her shoes were sky high! What a lovely family day for them.

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    1. I know it looks like I'm talking to myself here but, upon further perusal of the photos and videos of the day, I have to come to Pippa's defense. I think she looked lovely. I do wish that whoever makes her clothes would pay more attention to the darts, but I thought she pulled everything off just wonderfully. Also, upon further review, I only saw two really horrifying fashion choices. One is the purse the Duchess of Cornwall chose to carry. That heavy leather bag with the large stitching is fine for casual but not for a light chiffon dress. A clutch would have served much better. The other thing, while I know it's traditional and all, is the nanny's uniform. They really need to bring it into this century. Quite a hideous garment in style, color, shoes, hat. I'm sure the uniform and using the pram were nods to the Queen which I sure were much appreciated by her so it doesn't much matter what we thing. Overall, theses nods to the past must have been very pleasing to Her Majesty. Well Done, Kate, this was a stunning event!

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    2. Please, no more insults to the Norland uniform! No one says the Archbishop's "uniform" needs updating, or the Queen's outfits, or the police. The professionals who can lay claim to that uniform are highly trained, highly skilled and extremely in demand because they are, simply, the best in the world. When and if Norland decides to change it, fine. And perhaps it was courteous to present a higher level of tradition for the Queen and Prince Phillip's comfort at such a event.

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    3. Anon 9:03 I agree with you about leaving the Norland Uniform alone! They have updated it (see link above) and I actually like Nanny Teresa's much better. She worked hard to be entitled to wear this and looked proud to be there wearing what she had earned. It was great to see her being included in the "vintage themed" affair. She needed a formal look and she had a great one at her finger tips.

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    4. Jeanne, VancouverJuly 7, 2015 at 11:17 AM

      Thank you Anon 9:03! Just what I was thinking also about various uniforms and posters going on and on about the Norland uniform. And about some of the comments on clothes: isn't "horrifying fashion choices" a little strong RobinfromCA? So you don't like the purse -- let's move on ;) This occasion was about Charlotte's christening and I just loved seeing all the close family and Godparents assembled. As for being "staged" - well, it was no doubt planned with great thought (as all royal events are) and that would include clothing (and the pram), colours all that give a nod to tradition and symbols of the past. This was after all an historic moment.

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    5. Taste differs, for God,'s sake. For one it is horrifying, for one is amazing. God bless the colourful world we live in.

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    6. I feel I must defend myself here, Jeanne, Vancouver. I think the event was perfect and loved all of the choices Kate made. I disagreed that it was as staged as some have suggested, except for the obvious coordination needed for security reasons during the walk to the church - which I loved! I love all the white, I love The Queen's pink, I am not bothered at all by seeing William in his blue suit, and I thought Duchess of Cornwall looked lovely. I only didn't like the Duchess of Cornwall's purse and I guess, as an American, I cannot appreciate that uniform. With all of the blowback from that opinion, I now understand that it is a much loved institution - uniform and all. Moving on...as suggested.

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  21. Sonja from BavariaJuly 6, 2015 at 1:06 AM

    The christening was wonderful!

    I think kate has never looked better (even though there are some other looks very close to this one), I absolutely love her hairstyle! She should definitely do this one more often :) I prefer this look to the one from george's christening... this hat was just so goregous and feminine! (I love that everything was a bit vintage - her outfit, george's outfit, the pram,...)

    Georhe was such a cutie <3 i love the picture of him perking into his sister's pram. At first I thought he was wearing an old outfit of William's, and I was really surprised that it was 'just similar'. It was lovely to see the Cambridges together as a family of four (only lupo, the fifth family member was missing ;D)

    I think charlotte looks really much like george (I saw comparison pictures on the internet), but her eyelashes -they are so long and goregous!

    When will the official photos be released?

    What a lovely day for a perfect and happy young family - may god bless them.

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  22. I would hope we see more of Sophie Carter in the future. Her blue ensemble was intriguing, at least what we could see of it. And I like the idea of godparents who are long-time friends, vs. genetically connected or politically expedient.

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    1. I would also like to see more of Sophie Carter and her ensemble. At the same time I really admire her for her discretion and I'm so happy Kate has a good friend to trust.

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  23. Everything was just lovely and as a parent myself, I know the Cambridges finished their day with a sigh of great relief that all went off without a hitch, even if George did get a bit active...I can't blame him though, as it was late afternoon and he's not quite two...I think he did quite well, considering...Congratulations to the whole family!

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  24. I took a day to reflect on this event and look at all the pictures and then look again. I thought everything was perfect. Kate and William are doing such a wonderful job of staying true to themselves while at the same time honouring their families and their country. George was adorable and Kate looked amazing. Charlotte is a full month younger than George was on the day of his christening and at that age, a month is a very long time. She is still a new born for all intents and purposes. George is at the great age when most of what they do just cracks everyone up. They can be very funny. I love his confidence in the face of all of those crowds. He is very secure in his situation and that bodes very well for his future. Well done Kate and William. It was a perfect event.

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  25. Do you have any pics of what the godparents wore?

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  26. There is one thing I just noticed and we haven't mentioned here but, between Kate, William, and George, they were wearing red, white, and blue. Very patriotic of them for a day so important to their country!

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  27. Can I ask something? It's a genuine question, not a criticism, why Kate's sister and brother weren't accompanied to the Christening for their perspective boyfriend and girlfriend? I'm not British, so I would like to understand the "social rules" regarding this, because where I came from it's considered quite rude to invite someone and not allow their partner to accompany them. I remember that in Will and Kate wedding Beatrice boyfriend wasn't allow to attend the ceremony either, what is this about?

    Regarding the fashion, I think Kate looks fabulous. I would have liked Pippa's dress/coat if wasn't for the turtle neck collar. I love Carole coat, the lace was so beautiful.

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    1. To begin with, the Royal Family is quite tight-knit, but any event of this magnitude is a huge press event, so it is the sort of thing to which only people who really have a reason to be there should come.The fact is that neither Pippa nor James is married, and so while they seem very happy with Nico and Donna respectively, there is not the same sense of permanence and therefore belonging. This attitude is not exclusive to the Royal Family. It was an unspoken (actually maybe spoken) rule for my grandmother that unless you were engaged you were not to bring boyfriends or girlfriends to family Thanksgivings or summer holidays. Exceptions were made, and the rules loosened over time, but I don't think it is unusual for this to be the attitude, and frankly, I can see the wisdom of it.

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    2. Jane, I totally agree. Today's boyfriend or girlfriend could be tomorrow's author. ;)

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    3. Sonja from BavariaJuly 7, 2015 at 5:02 AM

      Sandra: I think I read somewhere that Prince William doesn't really like Dave Clark (Princess Beatrice's boyfriend) and that's the reason why he wasn't invited to their wedding.

      But it is as Jane has said: If you're not engaged, you usually don't bring your boyfriend/girlfriend to such an important event. (At least in royal circles) Remember the wedding of crown princess victoria of sweden's wedding? Albert of Monaco brought along his girlfriend charlene, but they weren't engaged. It was a pretty big scandal...

      Greetings from summery hot and humid Bavaria

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    4. Thank you Jane, royal fan and Sonja for your reply. I understand, is more like a protection thing, they are afraid to open themselves to someone that may not be part of the family later on and them sell their histories to a tabloid.

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    5. Interesting, Sonja. I was not aware of that. Do you believe he (Albert) was invited alone and brought Charlene on his own? Or was the invitation for two, with the assumption being that Caroline would accompany him (in the past, she did fill in when needed)?

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    6. It's such a delicate social protocol to follow. Besides the possible tabloid intrusion, there are photos everywhere - both official and unofficial. Can you imagine if Albert hadn't married Charlene and married someone else. The "one he didn't marry" would be in all of Crown Princess Victoria's wedding photos. Probably best to avoid that situation.

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    7. Sonja from BavariaJuly 8, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      Royalfan, I'm afraid I don't know whether they thought that Albert would come with Caroline or or alone...But I assume that it was an invitation for two and the swedish court thought he would bring along his sister.
      I watched victoria's wedding on TV (here in Germany, it was on TV) and the royal commentators were shocked. I also remember that they said it was a big problem to figure out where charlene should sit.. She couldn't sit next to him so they placed her a few rows behind him (but in the same 'block' together with other royals or important politicians etc)...

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    8. Oh my gosh! That sounds so awkward!

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    9. OMG, Sonja. I had forgotten about that. Yes! It was very awkward for Charlene to be seated away from him. Perhaps he dug his heels in and insisted on having her there rather than his sister, but at what price for Charlene?

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    10. Exactly! And how very classy of James and Pippa to not have their significant others placed in the same situation.

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  28. One word on the day, the clothes, the families and the children ~ Perfection

    Nina

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  29. I agree with a lot of the sentiments expressed here. I feel it is a bit repetitive for Kate and Pippa to repeat the cream look at this Christening as well, and also wish they hadn't copied William's red outfit of 30 plus years ago, whether it was intentional or otherwise. Also feel that the Christening was rather too 'stylised' in the use of the vintage pram, the nanny wearing her Norland uniform etc. etc.

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    1. Oh that's funny, because I feel like *I* agree with a lot of the sentiments expressed here! ;) And I think the whole christening was sweet and thoughtful. The repetition of the cream outfits and the sentimental touches meant to reference and/or include the whole family were charming. Maria Borrallo, a very well-educated childcare professional, was wearing a uniform she worked hard for, and looked extremely proud to be doing so.

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  30. Every time I come on this photo, I burst out laughing - just love it. Wonder if he is saying "OK all you people out there I am here and will protect my family" OR "all you people out there are looking at me and STOP it!!

    http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/prince-george-of-cambridge-leaves-the-church-of-st-mary-news-photo/479707072

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    1. Yes, I love it! George must have a very feisty personality. Ohhh, to be a fly on the wall at Anmer or KP.

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    2. His expressions crack me up. Love it.

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    3. Did you also notice (on the video) outside the church when he was playing with the wheels on the pram all Nanny Teresa had to do was put her hand out and he stopped. Maybe she said something as well, but he at least appeared to obey :-)

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