Princess Charlotte's Christening: Meet the Players
THE PARENTS & CHILD
Following a centuries-old tradition, HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be baptized an Anglican in a private ceremony on Sunday at St. Mary Magdalene Church near Norfolk, England, with proud parents Prince William and Duchess Catherine by her side. The 2-month-old baby, born May 2, is wearing a replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen. The original robe, of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, and was subsequently worn for all royal christenings, including those of the Queen, her children and her grandchildren (with the exception of James, Viscount Severn).
Charlotte has five doting godparents – whose names were announced a few hours prior to the christening – who will help nurture her in the years to come. They include James Meade, a classmate of William's from Eton College; Laura Fellowes, the daughter of Princess Diana's sister, Cynthia Jane Fellowes; Adam Middleton, one of Kate's cousins; Tom van Straubenzee (pictured), a Ludgrove prep classmate of William's, and an usher at the royal wedding; and Sophie Carter, van Straubenzee's ex-girlfriend and a good friend to Kate. (For the record, Prince George has seven godparents.)
As he did for Prince George, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will preside over the private, 45-minute ceremony (held at the same church in which Princess Diana was baptized) with the aid of a special family heirloom: the Lily Font, a silver-gilt baptismal water basin that was commissioned by Queen Victoria and has been used by royals since 1841.
Will and Kate selected Princess Diana's favorite photographer, 60-year-old Peruvian-born Mario Testino, to shoot the post-christening party and Charlotte's official portraits. Testino famously took the royal couple's 2011 engagement photos, snapped Diana for Vanity Fair and has also photographed Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry (as well as a slew of other celebrities). "I am overwhelmed and honored to be chosen to document this occasion," Testino said in a statement, "and to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much." The family portrait will likely include one of Will, Kate, Charlotte and Prince George, as well as Queen Elizabeth and both sets of grandparents.
THE BIG BROTHER
Charlotte's christening will have something George's most definitely didn't: an older sibling! Though the young prince's role will likely be limited – looking cute and being on his best behavior – he'll join his family for the walk to church and in the official portraits afterward.
Just like last time around, all four of the royal baby's doting grandparents will be on hand to witness the christening. Because of the church's open setting, fans will likely be able to watch the couples walk in to the ceremony. The celebration promises to be what one royal source tells PEOPLE will be a "happy, family day in the country." The source adds, "It is something they are looking forward to sharing with the local community."