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Palace thanks for christening crowd

Published 06/07/2015

A large crowd of loyal royal fans near the area around the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk
A large crowd of loyal royal fans near the area around the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte

Kensington Palace has thanked the thousands of well-wishers who flocked to Sandringham to celebrate Princess Charlotte's christening.

The Palace tweeted that members of the public who gathered in the paddock outside the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Norfolk yesterday to watch the Cambridges walk to the baptism had made it "such a lovely moment for the family".

To the delight of the crowds, nine-week-old Charlotte - dressed in the intricate royal christening gown - was pushed to the church by her mother Kate in a large vintage silver wheeled Millson pram - once used by the Queen for the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.

The Palace, which tweeted a selection of photos taken by the media of the day, said: "Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating Princess Charlotte's christening yesterday - such a happy day!

"And a big thank you to the thousands who came along to Sandringham to make it such a lovely moment for the family."

Prince George, who waved at the well-wishers, held William's hand as they walked from nearby Sandringham House to the service - performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The £85 smocked embroidered white shirt and red short set by Rachel Riley worn by the young prince has already sold out in the 12 month and 18 month sizes, but is still available in age three and sixth months. It mirrored the outfit William wore as a toddler in 1984 when he was first taken to meet Prince Harry.

The christening was the Cambridges' first public outing as a family of four and only the second time the baby princess had been seen in public.

Although the ceremony was private, the Duke and Duchess agreed to allow members of the public into the area outside the church to see them as they made their way to and from the venue.

Charlotte was welcomed into the Christian faith, watched by William and Kate, big brother George, g reat-grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate's siblings Pippa and James Middleton - as well as the princess's five godparents and their respective spouses. George's nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo - in her Norland uniform - was also on hand to help out.

Fashion photographer Mario Testino has taken the official photographs of the christening party. They are expected to be released later this week when William and Kate have chosen their favourites.

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