Princess Charlotte’s Christening Details – Who are the God Parents and More
The daughter of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Princess Charlotte was christened on Sunday, July 5, 2015.
The christening took place in a private ceremony that took place at St. Mary Magdalene Church, the same church that William’s late mother, Princess Diana, was christened in 1961.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived to the ceremony with their son Prince George in tow and Princess Charlotte in a pram (carriage). The Millson pram was previously used for Prince Edward & Prince Andrew.
The Princess’ christening gown was a handmade replica of the royal christening gown, made by the dressmaker to the queen.
Princess Charlotte will have five godparents, made up of friends and relatives of William and Kate. Despite speculation, Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton did not make the list. In the United Kingdom, immediate family members are not always named as godparents. The godparents are:
Laura Fellowes: William’s cousin and daughter of Diana’s sister, Jane.
Adam Middleton: Kate’s cousin and son of her father Michael Middleton’s brother, Richard.
James Meade: A school friend of William. He and William were classmates at Eton College and he was an usher at Prince William’s 2011 royal wedding.
Sophie Carter: Kate’s longtime friend
Thomas van Straubenzee: A friend of William. They attended Ludgrove prep school in Berkshire and Eton College together.
Prince George was baptized in 2013 and has seven godparents including relatives and friends.
The christening ceremony was private with only 30 people in attendance. Kensington Palace kept fans aware of exactly what was going on during the ceremony on their Twitter account. They released the following statement with all the details on the Royal families website:
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen two hymns, one lesson and two anthems for the christening of their daughter, Princess Charlotte.
The hymns are Praise to the Lord, The Almighty and Come Down, O Love Divine.
The lesson is from Matthew 18, verses 1-5, read by Mr. James Meade.
The anthems are I Will Sing With The Spirit and God Be In My Head, both by John Rutter.
Members of The Sandringham Church Choir are singing at the service.
The processional organ music is R. Vaughan Williams’ Prelude on “Rhosymedre”.
The recessional organ music is G. F. Handel’s Overture and Allegro from Concerto VIII in A.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, is baptising Princess Charlotte. He is being supported by The Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.