The royal christening of Princess Charlotte, daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, will be held Sunday. To mark the special day, official Princess Charlotte christening coins will be available.
The Royal Mint has revealed the design of the coins, E!News reported, with engraver John Bergdahl selected as the designer. Bergdahl also crafted coins for Prince George's christening in 2013.
Princess Charlotte’s coin features a baroque-style oval frame, with two harp-playing cherubs and swags of lilies surrounding an inscription in the center, which reads: "To celebrate the christening of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge 2015." According to a statement obtained by E! News, the coins of both of Charlotte and George draw inspiration from the lily font that has been used in the baptism of royal babies since Queen Victoria's era.
The new £5 coin (about $7.81) will be made of gold. But versions will be available in silver.
According to the Mirror, Bergdahl designed Princess Charlotte’s coin to be similar to Prince George's to symbolize the link between the royal siblings. But Charlotte’s coin will feature her full name, while George’s coin did not include his middle names.
Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coins and medals at the Royal Mint, said in a statement, “These coins will be a fitting addition to the Royal Mint's long tradition of creating works of art to celebrate landmark events in the history of the royal family. It is entirely appropriate that we commemorate this significant occasion with the release of a special coin, just as we celebrated the christening of Prince George."
Princess Charlotte will be christened at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene at Sandringham, in Norfolk. Photographer Mario Testino has been selected to take the official photos during the celebration, reports Today.
This is not the first time that Testino will be capturing still shots of the royal family. The famed photographer took Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement photo in 2010, and is known for his memorable collection of Princess Diana photos.