We have a number of updates to share with you beginning with new information concerning Princess Charlotte's christening on Sunday. Yesterday, Kensington Palace confirmed the service will be attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mr Michael Middleton, Mrs Carole Middleton, and other family and invited guests. Notably, Prince Harry will be absent from the event because he is in Africa.
More from Kensington Palace:
'The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be pleased to welcome well-wishers into the paddock outside the church. The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received since Princess Charlotte's birth - many of them from local people in Norfolk - and are delighted the paddock can be opened on the day of the christening.'
It promises to be an enormously memorable occasion and it will be the first time we have seen all four members of the Cambridge family together in public. Police in Norfolk are preparing for thousands of members of the public to turn out. They will stand in a field between St Mary Magdalene Church and Sandringham House - the same position they stand when members of the Royal family attend church on Christmas Day.
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The Telegraph's Gordon Rayner noted: "It will be the first time in living memory that the christening of such a senior member of the Royal family has involved the public in any way". Prince George's christening was a much more private affair, but this time William and Kate seem eager to involve the public, particularly the people of Norfolk who have been very respectful of their privacy since they moved to Anmer Hall.
We'll all be incredibly excited to see the official christening photographs. Today, Kensington Palace confirmed the late Princess Diana's favourite photographer, Mario Testino, has been chosen to take the historic pictures.
More from the official press release:
'The Duke and Duchess are delighted that Mario Testino will help capture this important moment for their family and look forward to sharing the photographs with the public.
Throughout his career, Mr. Testino has also photographed the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Acknowledging the request to photograph Princess Charlotte's christening, Mr. Testino said: "I am overwhelmed and honoured to be chosen to document this occasion and to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much."
Mr Testino is widely regarded as one of the most talented and influential portrait photographers of his generation. From high-fashion magazines, to A-list celebrities and royalty, he is the photographer of choice. Mr Testino has received numerous awards and honours in acknowledgement of his career and charity work, including an OBE and his native country’s highest honour, the Grand Cross Order of Merit in Peru.
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Of course, the photographer took William and Kate's official engagement photographs.
|Mario Testino /Clarence House|
Some have suggested because Mr Testino was his late mother's favourite photographer, it is another way for William to involve Diana in her granddaughter's christening. Below we see an iconic shot of Diana taken by Mr Testino. "Photographing Diana, Princess of Wales for Vanity Fair in 1997 was one of the most memorable days of my career," he recalled recently.
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Mr Testino with Diana.
It is expected the christening portraits will be released a day or two after the event.
As for the exact time, we know the it will take place Sunday afternoon, though specific details have not been made available yet, most likely for security reasons.
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Another big question. Who will the godparents be? It appears we will not hear this information until closer to the day, if not the day of the christening itself. Rumoured choices include Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips, one of the van Cutsems and perhaps a relative of Kate's, too.
Weather permitting we hope to see Prince George walking down to church, while Princess Charlotte will most likely be in a pram. Further updates are expected closer to the day.
Last Friday, the Duke and Duchess welcomed Hollywood royalty, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Kensington Palace for tea. Prince George was reportedly present too.
Kensington Palace confirmed this is indeed true, however, as it was a private meeting no photos were released. Brad and Angelina were photographed arriving at the Palace, and the photos can be viewed on the Brangie Love Instagram account.
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The Palace said William and Kate had tea with the couple "to discuss their shared interest in combating the illegal wildlife trade".
More from the Mail Online's story:
'The Royal couple were said to be 'really excited' about the afternoon tea.
The Duke and Duchess, according to the source, were joined by their son Prince George - who will be two years old in July, but the Jolie-Pitts' children were not present.
The Hollywood pair brought a special gift for their daughter Princess Charlotte, who was born in May. 'Everyone got on splendidly' said the source. Brad and Angelina spent much longer with the Duke and Duchess than planned. They ended up staying for almost a few hours.'
It will be interesting to see if we see anything further comes from the meeting - such as the couple lending their support to one of the wildlife conservation organisations Prince William works with - by becoming ambassadors or perhaps starring in an advert. Which couple do you think was more nervous about the meeting? :)
Do you all recall stories emerging in the weeks leading up to, and after, Princess Charlotte's birth claiming Carole Middleton had moved in to Anmer to run the household to the detriment of her marriage? At the time, several sightings of the Middletons around the Bucklebury area were reported and it quickly became obvious the story was fabricated.
Mrs Middleton has now got a correction to the Daily Mail story, it can be read here.
Speaking of the Middletons, a selection of photos of Carole and Prince George enjoying an afternoon outing at Bucklebury Farm Park were published at Pop Sugar last week. George appeared to be having a splendid time and Carole is very much a doting grandmother. The family are frequent visitors to the farm, both Kate and Carole have taken the prince there a number of times separately and together. The photos can be viewed here.
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George's hair looks adorably cute and natural!
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Finally, for those asking about possible appearance for Kate. The Duchess was spotted in Norfolk over the weekend meaning I think a Wimbledon appearance is perhaps most likely at some point next week. The Royal Norfolk Show takes place Wednesday and Thursday - it was suggested as a possible appearance for Prince George. There's been no official word on this, and royal commentators appear to think it very unlikely but not impossible.
As we mentioned earlier in the post, we expect to hear more christening details in the coming days.