Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, will be christened on July 5. The baptism will take place at St. Mary Magdalene Church at the queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, the same location where William's late mother, Princess Diana, was baptized.
"It will be an extraordinary honour and privilege to help welcome the princess into the family of the Church," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said, adding that he was “delighted” to lead the ceremony, according to an announcement by Kensington Palace, as reported by the BBC UK on Friday. Welby also baptized Charlotte's brother, Prince George.
Charlotte was born May 2 at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The child’s full name is Her Royal Highness Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Part of her name pays homage to her late grandmother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car accident in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36. Charlotte met her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, whom she is also named after, on May 5, according to ABC.
This is Kate and William's second child and first daughter. The duchess gave birth to Prince George Alexander Louis on July 22, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital. George was baptized in October 2013 at St. James Palace, an event attended by his parents; Prince Charles; Prince Harry; Kate's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton; and her siblings, Pippa and James Middleton.
Parents William and Kate have been together for more than 10 years. The pair met in 2001 when they were students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. They began dating two years later but parted ways in 2007. Middleton and Prince William reconciled shortly after and became engaged in October 2010 while in Kenya during a 10-day trip to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Their royal wedding took place on April 29, 2011. In Britain, more than 26 million people watched the event, while approximately 300 million people worldwide viewed it on television.