Princess Charlotte to be christened on July 5
London, June 5: Britain's newest baby Princess Charlotte is to be christened exactly one month from today on July 5.
The ceremony for Prince William and Kate Middleton's second child and fourth in line to the country's throne will take place privately at a church on Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham estate, Kensington Palace announced today. [Royal baby arrives: Kate Middleton gives birth to baby girl]
The statement said: "Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to announce the christening of Princess Charlotte will take place on Sunday, 5th July, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham. [New British royal baby named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana]
"Princess Charlotte will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
"William and Kate are currently living at Anmer Hall on the estate, which is where they are expected to spend much of their time while their children are young," the statement added.
The house is only around three miles from the church, which is where the royal family usually attends a Christmas service. [Prince William returns to work as paternity leave ends]
The date in early July may have been chosen as it fits with the Queen's plans before she leaves for her Balmoral Castle residence in Scotland for the summer.
The princess' older brother George was also christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St. James's Palace in London in October 2013. [BBC Urdu reporter tweets ‘false alarm' on Queen Elizabeth during obituary rehearsal]
That service was also an intimate gathering, with around 60 friends and family members attending.
George, who is now almost two years old, wore a Honiton lace christening gown, which was a replica of the one used by more than 60 members of the Royal Family since 1841.