Princess Charlotte christened at small service in Sandringham

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk, as Princess Charlotte will be christened in front of the Queen and close family. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 5, 2015. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced earlier who the godparents for Charlotte will be. They are Laura Fellowes - the daughter of one of Diana, Princess of Wales's sisters, and friends Sophie Carter and James Meade, Kate's cousin Adam Middleton and William's close friend Thomas van Straubenzee. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Matt Dunham/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk, as Princess Charlotte will be christened in front of the Queen and close family. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 5, 2015. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced earlier who the godparents for Charlotte will be. They are Laura Fellowes - the daughter of one of Diana, Princess of Wales's sisters, and friends Sophie Carter and James Meade, Kate's cousin Adam Middleton and William's close friend Thomas van Straubenzee. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

Princess Charlotte has been christened at a small ceremony in Norfolk today.

The two-month-old, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was christened in front of the Queen and close family at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham.

Photographs of the christening itself, by Mario Testino, are not expected to be made available for several days.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced earlier who the godparents for Charlotte will be. They are Laura Fellowes - the daughter of one of Diana, Princess of Wales’s sisters, and friends Sophie Carter and James Meade, Kate’s cousin Adam Middleton and William’s close friend Thomas van Straubenzee.

Well-wishers camped out overnight to catch a glimpse of the Cambridges.

Princess Charlotte was baptised using the ornate Lily Font, which was specially commissioned by Queen Victoria.

It was made by silversmiths EJ and W Barnard in 1840 for the christening of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, the following year.

Crafted out of solid gilded sterling silver, weighing more than 21lb (approximately 10kg) and standing 17in high, the font is festooned with lilies and ivy foliage around the rim, while the main bowl is a large lily bloom - hence its name. (Full story ROYAL Christening Font which ran at 0001.)

Kensington Palace tweeted: “The Lily Font’s decoration represents purity & new life. It was first used at Victoria, Princess Royal’s christening.”

Although the public were allowed to gather close to the church for the christening, the service itself is strictly private.