Prince William and Kate Middleton have released four official photographs from Princess Charlotte Diana’s christening.
In a significant link with William’s mother, the pictures were taken by her favorite photographer, Mario Testino.
The shots were taken in the gardens and drawing room at Sandringham House, the Queen’s private rural residence, immediately following Princess Charlotte’s baptism at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, on Sunday 5th July.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their whole family had a wonderful day on Sunday and were delighted to share the special occasion with the thousands of people who came to Sandringham. They are very happy to share these photographs and hope that everyone enjoys them as much as they do.”
In the principal photograph, described by palace sources as a “historic family photo”, the subjects, seated (left to right) are The Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, The Queen and, standing (left to right): Mr. Michael Middleton, Miss Pippa Middleton, Mr. James Middleton, Mrs. Carole Middleton, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Edinburgh.
Another photograph shows Kate holding Princess Charlotte in the Drawing Room at Sandringham House.
Sandringham House in Norfolk has been the private home of four generations of Sovereigns since 1862.
The drawing room has a musical theme to it with pictures of musical instruments on the ceiling and on the finger plates of the doors.
The room was described by Queen Victoria in her journal as “a very long and handsome drawing room, with painted ceilings and panels with two fireplaces.”
Italian craftsmen were brought to Sandringham to carve the intricate panelling on the walls and cornices, and to paint the trompe l’oeil ceiling panels. The carved panelling derives from the French Louis XVI style of the late 18th century. Its white marble fireplaces, painted ceiling and pastel shades are typical of the Edwardian taste.