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Princess Charlotte is set to be christened on July 5

By Tony Jones

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will christen their daughter Princess Charlotte during a private ceremony next month, Kensington Palace has announced.

Charlotte, who was born on May 2, will be christened on July 5 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham.

A few days after their baby was born, William and Kate announced she would be called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana - in tribute to the Prince of Wales, the Queen and William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Archbishop said of the forthcoming christening: "I am delighted to be invited to conduct the baptism of HRH Princess Charlotte. It will be an extraordinary honour and privilege to help welcome the Princess into the family of the church."

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are expected to attend the christening along with the Prince of Wales, who has become a grandfather for the second time, and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate's family - parents Carole and Michael Middleton and siblings Pippa and James - are likely to be invited, along with the godparents who have not been publicly named.

Bookmakers have already opened books on who the royal couple will pick as the godparents for their daughter, with William's cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie the early favourites.

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