Unlike Prince George, who had to wait three whole months before he was christened, his little sister Princess Charlotte‘s big day (scroll down for all the adorable pics!) comes two months after her May 2nd birth because, you know, anything boys can do, girls can do better. It’s been too long since we’ve seen the little cherub, so perhaps Will and Kate knew we needed another fix of the adorable girl a bit sooner than we did their son.
In godparent news, no royals made the list, which surprised many. Instead, it’s Will’s friends, Thomas van Straubenzee and James Meade, Kate’s pal, Sophie Carter, the Duchess’ cousin, Adam Middleton (not pictured) and William’s cousin (and niece of his late mother) Laura Fellowes.
From left: Thomas van Straubenzee, James Meade, Sophie Carter and Laura Fellowes (Getty Images).
But it’s the venue that’s most different. George’s ceremony took place in London, while Charlotte’s country baptism occurred two hours north of the city, in Sandringham, at The Church of St. Mary Magdalene (see below), where Princess Diana was baptized. Aw…
That’s where the differences end. Not only were both services private and only witnessed by the godparents and close family (Prince Harry couldn’t be there as he booked a three-month trip to Africa at the end of June, knowing he wouldn’t be needed for the ceremony), and led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, but as per royal tradition, Charlie also wore the same robe as Georgie. Double aw…
Let’s look back on the day, shall we?
The official family portraits from Princess Charlotte’s christening have arrived
Mother and child reunionKate and Charlotte pose for their official portrait, taken by Princess Diana's favourite photographer, Mario Testino. Kate looks so proud, and who wouldn't? That kid is cute.Getty Images
The official family portraitCharlotte couldn't look more angelic in this gorgeous photograph, also taken by Mario Testino. This may be the first time she's truly stolen the spotlight away from George.Getty Images
The new royal familyTwo months old already. Princess Charlotte joins her big brother Prince George in their first official portrait as a family of four. Will it ever be five? We're crossing our fingers already!Getty Images
The future kingsGeorge looks just like his daddy. And could they be any happier? Look at those smiles. Any more of this and our hearts may just burst.Getty Images
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth DianaMy, look how she’s grown. And so, so cute. Such a beautiful little girl.Getty Images
The CambridgesWilliam, George, Kate and Charlotte arrive at St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate, looking smashing, of course.Getty Images
The gownCharlotte's royal christening gown is a handmade replica, commissioned by her great-grandmum, of the robe made for Victoria's christening in 1841.Getty Images
More gown 411In case you’re wondering, the gorgeous gown is made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin and made by The Queen's dressmaker.Getty Images
The Cambridges and the peopleWhile no members of the public were allowed inside the church for the service, the Duke and Duchess requested that the paddock outside the churchyard be open, saying they would be "pleased to welcome well-wishers." So lovely.Getty Images
Royal fansAnd they were only too happy to oblige.Getty Images
Camilla's near-wardrobe malfunctionIf the wind was just a little stronger, the Duchess of Cornwall may have stolen some of Charlotte's thunder.Getty Images
George the gentlemanNah, that's George's job. He will happily take some of the attention away from his little sis.Getty Images
George-ousAnother shot of the little prince, just because.Getty Images
Peekaboo!"Char, you should see all the people out here! Can you believe this is our life?!"Getty Images
The grown-ups are talkingPrince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate and Will try to have an adult conversation while a bored George hams it up.Getty Images
Pippa MiddletonA rear shot of Kate's sister, of course.Getty Images
James MiddletonJames and his giant beard showed up.Getty Images
Godmother Laura FellowesChoosing Fellowes as godmother, Will's cousin (and niece of his late mother), proves the couple are maintaining that strong connection to Diana.Getty Images
Godfather James MeadeMeade's an old friend of Will's from his Eton days.Getty Images
The Queen and the ArchibishopHer Majesty and the other man of the hour, Justin Welby. (The other is George, in case you missed that.)Getty Images
George and his great-grandmumWhat did we tell you? The Queen only has eyes for him. Getty Images
Charlotte outOne final shot of the princess. Until next time!Getty Images