A royal milestone: Britain’s Princess Charlotte christened at church on queen’s estate

In this Saturday, May 2, 2015, file photo, Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William smile as they carry their newborn baby Princess Charlotte from St. Mary's Hospital in London, following the birth. According to an announcement released Friday June 5, 2015, by Kensington Palace, Princess Charlotte will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, on upcoming Sunday July 5. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

LONDON (AP) — Prince William and his wife, Kate have marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte— a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth’s country estate.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, near England’s eastern coast, cheering as William and Kate arrived with toddler Prince George and 9-week-old Charlotte, who was in a vintage pram.

It was only the second time Britain’s newborn princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, has been seen in public since she was born on May 2.

Charlotte was dressed for the occasion in a replica of the intricate lace-and-satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, also named Victoria, in 1841. Until 2008, that original gown had been worn by all royal babies — including the queen — at their christenings.

Following royal tradition, holy water from the River Jordan, where it is said Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, was used for the baptism.

 

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