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Charlotte and the royals quite a picture on christening day

By Tony Jones

The christening of Princess Charlotte has been marked by the release of a collection of touching family photographs.

The official images are a mixture of the formal and informal and were taken by celebrated fashion photographer Mario Testino immediately after the royal baby was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham on Sunday.

Testino was the favourite photographer of William's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and was also chosen to take William and Kate's official engagement photos in 2010.

A relaxed image of the Duchess of Cambridge holding her daughter is complemented by one of the Duke with his son Prince George.

Another more formal photograph is for posterity, showing William's immediate family with Kate's parents and siblings - and the Queen with three future monarchs, the Prince of Wales, William and George.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their whole family had a wonderful day on Sunday and were delighted to share the special occasion with the thousands of people who came to Sandringham. They are very happy to share these photographs and hope that everyone enjoys them as much as they do."

The large group photograph shows Charlotte's immediate family in the drawing room of the Queen's private Norfolk residence, Sandringham House.

Seated at the front are William, George, then Kate holding her daughter, and finally the Queen.

Standing behind William are Kate's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her siblings, James and Pippa.

Next to the Middletons and also standing are Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Harry is missing as he is spending the summer working as a wildlife conservation volunteer in Africa.

Kate and Charlotte are featured together in an image also taken in the drawing room, with the Duchess looking proudly down at her daughter in her arms.

To complement this picture there is a black and white image in the gardens of Sandringham House of the Duke beaming as he holds his son.

Testino marked William's 21st birthday in 2003 and Prince Harry's 20th birthday image in 2004, which showed the royal brothers joking with their father.

The outing for the christening was the first time the family of four had been seen together in public.

The royal baby was pushed to church in the same vintage pram the Queen used for two of her own children, in what was only the royal infant's second appearance in public since she was photographed leaving hospital following her birth on May 2.

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Mario Testino (60) is one of the most highly regarded fashion and portrait photographers in the world and his work has been showcased in international magazines, such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, and in museum and gallery exhibitions. He received an honorary OBE last year. The Peruvian has worked with Prince William on many occasions.

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