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Princess Charlotte Christening LIVE Blog

 UPDATE: We’ll close the live blog now, I am off to work on today’s post!

It’s both a good morning and good afternoon greeting to all of our WKWers watching the events surrounding Princess Charlotte’s christening. As with our previous live blogs of other major events, the most recent post s will show at the top of the blog.

Here we go with the latest.

*The Daily Mail’s photo laden story is here.©Matt Dunham/WPA-Pool/SplashNews

*Kate in her Jane Taylor hat and Mappin & Webb necklace/earrings.Splash News

*The guest of honor.©

*Prince George in his Rachel Riley shorts and top.Splash News

*The Queen as she arrived, wearing an Angela Kelly ensemble.©Andrew Parsons / i-Images

*Via Rebecca English of the Daily Mail

Rebecca English

Rebecca English

*Kate is in creamy white, George’s Rachel Riley outfit is almost identical to what William wore to visit Harry when he was born.

*The Telegraph published this ‘reminder list’ of who will be in the church today:

Royal family: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Middleton family: Carole Middleton, Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton and James Middleton.

Godparents Sophie Carter; James Meade and his wife Lady Laura Marsham; Adam Middleton and his wife Rebecca; Laura Fellowes and her husband Nick Pettman; Thomas van Straubenzee and his wife Lady Melissa van Straubenzee. Prince George’s nanny Maria Borrallo will also be in the church but not as an official guest.

*There have been problems with both live feeds. The Telegraph’s seems to be working now (click link). 

*Ben Kendall of the Press Association shared this video of crowds being allowed in to queue near the church.
*Chris Jackson of Getty Images shared this photo of well-wishers gathered at Sandringham

Chris Jackson Twitter (@ChrisJack_Getty)

Chris Jackson Twitter (@ChrisJack_Getty)


  • Godparents announced: The Telegraph shares this article on Charlotte’s godparents, and the Daily Mail’s story is here.The Mirror has individual profiles of the godparents:
    • Here is the piece on Princess Diana’s niece, Laura Fellowes
    • And here is the story on William’s best friend at Ludgrove Prep School, Tom van Straubenzee
    • The profile of Adam Middleton, Kate’s cousin on her father’s side, may be seen here
    • I continue to hunt for the backgrounders on Kate’s friend Alicia Fox-Pitt and William’s close friend Hugh Can Cutsem
  • All of the flowers brought by the public today will be donated to EACH (East Anglia’s Childrens Hospices), more in the EACH news release here. These are the buckets EACH has ready to hold the flowers.
EACH Twitter

EACH Twitter

  • Selfies are okay today! Normally the public isn’t allowed to take photographs at St. Mary Magdalene, with the exception of Christmas Day. That rule has been lifted for today’s event. More from the Daily Mail:

Well-wishers are normally banned from taking pictures when the Queen and her family attend services at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

The restriction is only lifted on Christmas Day.  But William and Kate, often fiercely protective of their privacy, have asked for the rule to be relaxed, authorising people to take pictures of them with Charlotte and her brother Prince George.



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Susie q

Sunday 5th of July 2015

And it needs to be mentioned, Pippa Middleton knocked it out of the park today! Think she totally upstaged Kate...... Gorgeous outfit!! Loved the coats texture and it complimented her beautiful tan. Are those Charlotte Olympia shoes she was wearing?

Susie q

Sunday 5th of July 2015

Susan, do you have any information on why nanny Maria was dressed like Mary Poppins today? In all my years of being a royal fan (34 years and counting) I do not recall seeing any royal nanny dressed in this manner. The hat and white gloves was certainly an interesting touch. It was actually reminiscent of how a royal nanny might have dressed when HM was an infant. Perhaps it was to show she is not a guest but rather a royal servant? Odd......... Williams former nanny who helped out when George was a baby did not dress that way for his christening. Any feedback is greatly appreciated! :)


Sunday 5th of July 2015

That is the standard Norland Nanny uniform. There may be a protocol at Norland regarding when you wear the uniform and when you do not. If there is, I assure you that it's not about the employer but rather the great pride that Norland takes in its reputation and its desire to put its "brand" on display.

Norland nannies are considered vastly desirable, the crème de la crème of nannies around the world and better compensated than any other nannies. Even so, I imagine that they are not above a little advertising, a little crowing.


Sunday 5th of July 2015

Susie Q, I'm not well-versed on this topic, other than to say not all royal nannies have been Norland nannies. I don't believe Olga Powell was (one of William and Harry's nannies), and I know "Tiggy" Legge-Bourke was not. Nor was Clara Knight, nanny to the Princesses Elizabeth and Anne when they were children. I don't know that there's been a historic line of Norland nannies engaged by the royals the last 50-75 years that we can use as a barometer.

KM Jewelry

Sunday 5th of July 2015

I think Charlotte is a gorgeous child, and it was nice to see Kate in a new suit. I would have liked to see a different shade on her, but I suppose she wanted a color that would coordinate with the baby's christening robes.

Does anyone know which shoes she's wearing? They look like the Jimmy Choo Gilbert.


Sunday 5th of July 2015

It's hard to tell, but I think Carole Middleton might be wearing the necklace she wore to Kate's wedding. I was wondering when we would see some of those pieces again.


Sunday 5th of July 2015

Kate looked happy and gorgeous today for her daughter's christening. I love the cream coat dress, her hair, the hat, and the understated jewelry. The neckline is modern and I think the entire fit is perfect. I think this is one of her most sophisticated looks to date. My favorite look of the day however was Pippa's. The style and color of her dress very nicely complimented her sister's but the fabric and retro styling gave it that certain edge.

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