Princess Charlotte christening service details revealed

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Princess Charlotte was christened on Sunday afternoon with her proud parents Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, brother Prince George and their closest friends and family in attendance.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, baptised the two-month-old with the support of the Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.

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Kate carried Princess Charlotte into the church

Guests sang two hymns during the 45-minute service – Praise to the Lord, The Almighty and Come Down, O Love Divine. They will also sang two anthems, I Will Sing With The Spirit and God Be In My Head, both by John Rutter.

The congregation was accompanied by The Sandringham Church Choir, who are confirmed to be singing at the service.

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William and Kate walked to the church with their two children

Prince William's close friend James Meade, who was chosen as one of Princess Charlotte's five godparents, read a lesson from Matthew 18, verses 1-5 during the baptism, held at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate.

During the service the 175-year-old Lily Font was used to hold water sourced from the River of Jordan, where Christ is said to have been baptised. It is the first time the gilded sterling silver creation, commissioned by Queen Victoria, has ever left London.

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The Duchess of Cornwall attended the service

Making their first public appearance as a family of four, William and Kate walked to the church with their two children and greeted members of the public who had gathered outside before entering the church.

The processional organ music played during their entrance was R. Vaughan Williams' Prelude on "Rhosymedre". Guests will leave the church to G.F. Handel's Overture and Allegro from Concerto VIII in A.

The small group of guests, which includes the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles will return to Sandringham House following the service for a tea party hosted by William and Kate. They will enjoy cake from one tier of the royal couple's wedding cake, which was created by HELLO! Online blogger Fiona Cairns.

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