This Sunday marks a big day for Britain’s royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, will christen their 2-month-old daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge. Ahead of the big celebration, below are five things you need to know about the religious ceremony.
Unlike her brother Prince George's 2013 ceremony in London, Princess Charlotte will be christened in the countryside. The young royal’s christening will take place at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, England, a short drive from William and Kate’s summer home, Anmer Hall.
Prince William and Kate Middleton will, of course, be on hand to celebrate their daughter’s big day. Prince George, 23 months, will also be in attendance and may even walk to the church (weather permitting). Other notable guests will most likely include Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Michael and Carole Middleton, Pippa Middleton, and James Middleton.
While the official guest list for the christening is strictly permitted to include family and close friends of the royal family, well-wishers are welcome to be on site during the religious ceremony. Kensington Palace announced last month that the paddock at St. Mary Magdalene Church will be open on Sunday. “The Duke and the Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte’s birth,” the palace said, adding that the couple are “delighted” supporters will be nearby on their daughter’s big day.
Just like Prince George, Princess Charlotte will reportedly wear a replica of the lace outfit worn by Queen Victoria’s children for her christening. The lace gown, modeled after the 1841-created design, was worn by dozens of royal babies, including Prince William, before being retired due to its fragility.
If you want to celebrate Princess Charlotte’s big day, but can't be present for the actual affair, consider purchasing her official christening coin. The UK royal mint is selling the collectible, which features Princess Charlotte’s full name and title. The coin retails for roughly $88 USD (silver) and $1,998 USD (gold).