Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, have invited members of the public to celebrate Princess Charlotte's christening on Sunday. The royal couple have asked for the paddock outside St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham to be opened to the public so they can see the two-month-old baby before and after the service.
While the christening service inside the church is open only to invited guests, it is expected that thousands of well-wishers and royal enthusiasts will congregate outside to get a rare glimpse of the family all together.
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Princess Charlotte's christening will take place on Sunday
A statement released by Kensington Palace said that the Duke and Duchess would "be pleased" to greet members of the public outside the church.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be pleased to welcome well-wishers into the paddock outside the church. The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte's birth – many of them from local people in Norfolk – and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening."
The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are all confirmed to attend the service, along with Prince George and Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton. Prince Harry will unfortunately miss the service due to his three-month visit to Africa to work on conservation projects.
Prince William and Kate will greet well-wishers outside St Mary Magdalene Church
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will baptise Princess Charlotte at the church, which is close to William and Kate's home Anmer Hall. The church also hosted William's mother Princess Diana's christening in August 1961.
Charlotte is expected to wear the same beautiful gown that Prince George wore for his own christening in 2013. The beautiful lace confection is a replica of the one commissioned for Queen Victoria's children in 1841 and worn by a record 62 babies, including the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William.