Goodbye, London! 5 Ways Princess Charlotte's Country Christening Will Differ from Prince George's City Service
The country means more walking and a different setting for afternoon tea
When Princess Charlotte has her special day Sunday, many elements will be steeped in heritage uniquely befitting a royal.
Two-month-old Charlotte is set to wear the same robe as her brother George, and the service will be private – reflecting the royal family’s deeply held belief that a solemn religious service is not a public celebration or party. (That comes later!).
But the day in the bucolic countryside of Norfolk, 110 miles north of London – witnessed by proud godparents and the families of mum and dad Princess Kate and Prince William – will vary from previous ceremonies. PEOPLE has rounded up the five biggest ways that Charlotte’s event will differ from her big brother’s christening.
1. The local church of St. Mary Magdalene – where Charlotte will be christened – is sheltered by trees, while the Chapel Royal, where George was christened, is behind the high brick walls of of St. James’s Palace in London. Princess Diana was baptized in St. Mary Magdalene in 1961, while the palace chapel was where her coffin rested in on the eve of her 1997 funeral.
2. The royal family and their guests will largely arrive on foot along the tree-lined avenue. For George’s baptism in October 2013, they came from rooms at the palace or drove in by car.
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3. Outside, well-wishers are being invited to share the occasion, by standing near the wooden-arched gate of the church. In a sweet touch, the floral gifts they bring are being donated to charity. For George’s service, tourists squashed onto pavements opposite the doors of St. James’s Palace in central London.
“The tea will be better this time as it is done by the Queen’s chefs! That s coming from a Buckingham Palace chef,” former royal chef Darren McGrady tells PEOPLE with a laugh.
5. The official portraits of the christening party will be taken by Peruvian-born photographer Mario Testino, famous for his pictures of Diana and various celebrities. George’s party was shot by Jason Bell, who also took the portrait of the family (and Cocker Spaniel Lupo!) in the window of their Kensington Palace home in March 2014.
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