Charlotte Fever: The Christening of a Princess

Kensington Palace recently released official images taken immediately after Princess Charlotte’s christening. The princess was christened on Sunday at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in a ceremony before only 21 guests.

The pictures were taken by Mario Testino at the Sandringham estate on Sunday, in Queen Elizabeth’s private Norfolk residence. Mario Testino is known famously for having shot the last official shoot of Princess Diana.

Testino photographed Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997 for Vanity Fair as coverage for an auction of 79 of the Princess’s gowns. Testino has expressed great admiration for Princess Diana, who fed the homeless and visited the ill frequently, and he aimed to convey the beauty of her character in his photos.

Testino also respects the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In 2010, Testino snapped the official photograph marking their engagement. Now, he returned to the royal family to mark yet another milestone in their lives: the christening of Princess Charlotte.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made the decision to release a total of four photographs, one of which was a formal shot of the family. The formal shot includes Michael Middleton, Pippa Middleton, James Middleton, Carole Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Prince George, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, and Her Majesty: Queen Elizabeth.

One image shows the princess with her mother, father, and brother George, who is playing with his hair.

Testino also captured a shot of George with his father in which George is laughing at the camera, whilst his father grins at him.

In another photo, Kate smiles down at Princess Charlotte, who lays in her arms.

Before the christening at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene that took place on Sunday, several thousand people came to see and greet the royal family.

As an American, I am fascinated by the British monarchy. But it appears I am not the only one, as many Brits share this interest as well.

The royals have inspired many fashion trends. Even young Prince George has had his share of trend-setting—the red and white outfit he wore to Princess Charlotte’s christening sold for £85, and is now completely sold out.

The obsession with royals extended to Princess Charlotte right from the moment of her birth. Pictures of the new baby were splashed across magazines and covered the front pages of newspapers. Online reports of the birth went viral. Even Pizza Hut joined in the celebration—the first 100 women named Charlotte to walk through the doors at select locations, including in London, received free pizza.

One thing is certain: the publicity Princess Charlotte got from her christening photos is only the beginning. She will grow up in the spotlight, and many photos from many events in her life, both good and bad, will cover the internet. But for now, the world celebrates with the royal family and shares their adoration for the young Princess Charlotte.

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