Princess Charlotte’s Christening
Published: July 4, 2015
Princess Charlotte’s Christening, Some members of the royal family will be watching Princess Charlotte’s christening from home tomorrow, it has emerged.
The ceremony, which will take place at 4.30pm at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, is expected to be attended by immediate family, godparents and their spouses only.
Notable absentees will include Prince Harry, who is dedicating his summer to charity work in Africa, and the Duke of York, who will be in Papua New Guinea on an official visit.
It comes as it has been revealed only one relative is likely to be named as a godparent, royal sources said.
Charlotte is expected to have six godparents unlike her brother George, who has seven, they added.
Prince Harry, 30, who is promoting conservation efforts to save black rhino and desert elephants in Namibia, was told before he left that he would not be chosen, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Princess Beatrice, the 26-year-old first child and elder daughter of the Duke of York, is currently the bookies’ favourite to be a godmother, though her younger sister Eugenie is also in the running.
Other family contenders include former international rugby star Mike Tindall, who is married to Zara Phillips, the only royal to be named as a godparent to George, and Pippa and James Middleton.
Zara’s brother Peter, who works in sports marketing, has also been suggested as a good alternative to closer family members. He does not hold a royal title.
The other five godparents are likely to be friends.
Hugh van Cutsem and Thomas van Straubenzee, lifelong friends of the Duke, and Laura Lopes, daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall, have all been named as contenders.
The godparents and their spouses will make up a crowd of around 30 guests at tomorrow afternoon’s service.
Prince George was christened at icnoc St James’ Palace
They will be joined by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and the Middletons.
It will be the second time the Duke and Duchess will break from tradition by not holding the christening at Buckingham Palace.
Prince George was christened at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in October 2013.
Princess Charlotte’s venue is a 16th century church where Diana, Princess of Wales, was christened.
The service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby.
A Kensington Palace spokesman confirmed immediate family would be attending the event.
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A friend of William’s from his teenage years and a schoolfriend of Kate’s from Marlborough College, glamorous Emilia Jardine-Paterson (nee d’Erlanger) was credited with introducing the royal lovebirds.
The Earl Grosvenor, Hugh, is the Duke of Westminster’s only son. The 22-year-old will inherit 100 acres of Mayfair and 200 of Belgravia, worth many billions.
William van Cutsem
The late Hugh Van Cutsem was Charles’s friend from Cambridge.
His son William has been chosen as a godparent, and his elder brother Hugh’s daughter Grace was the bridesmaid who memorably covered her ears on the royal balcony during the flypast.
For seven years, the 53-year-old, was the hard-working principal private secretary and equerry to William and Harry.
Godfather Oli Baker and his wife Mel (nee Nicholson) were a St Andrews couple, just like William and Kate.
Oli, with another friend, Alastair Coutts-Wood, shared the farmhouse that William and Kate lived in for their last two years there.
Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall is William’s first cousin, and gets on well with both William and Kate.
She was the only royal to be picked as a godparent to Prince George. Her husband, former international rugby star Mike Tindall, has been named as one of the favourites to be picked for Princess Charlotte.
Julia Samuel, 54, is a bereavement counsellor in the NHS paediatrics department of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and founder-patron of the charity Child Bereavement UK, of which William is patron.
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