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William and Kate set date for princess Charlotte's christening

Royalty

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate are to have their daughter Princess Charlotte christened during a private ceremony next month.

Charlotte, who was born on May 2, will be christened on July 5 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham.

Tribute

A few days after their baby was born, British royals William and Kate announced she would be called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana - names that were a tribute to the Prince of Wales, the Queen of England and William's mother Diana.

The Archbishop has spoken of his joy at the forthcoming christening: "I am delighted to be invited to conduct the baptism of HRH Princess Charlotte. It will be an extraordinary honour and privilege to help welcome the princess into the family of the church.

"Along with her parents and all her family, I look forward to joining in this joyful day of celebration and thanksgiving."

The queen and Duke of Edinburgh are expected to attend the christening along with the Prince of Wales, who has become a grandfather for the second time, and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Kate's family - parents Carole and Michael Middleton and siblings Pippa and James - are likely to be invited, along with the godparents, who have not been publicly named.

Bookmakers have already opened books on who the royal couple will pick as the godparents for their daughter, with William's cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie the early favourites.

He added that betting suggested the couple may have six godparents: "They have got their work cut out trying not to disappoint a number of their friends.

"The good news for those who don't get the call is that we think they will not stop at two children."

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "No surprises that the early money indicates the couple will stick to their nearest and dearest.

"Punters are still hopeful that Pippa and Harry will be the stars of the show on July 5, not Charlotte."

St Mary Magdalene church, where Charlotte will be christened, is also where Eugenie was baptised.

Walking

It is walking distance from the queen's private Sandringham home in Norfolk and close to the Cambridges' country house Anmer Hall.

It is used by the queen when she is at residence at her Norfolk home and the royal family attend it on Christmas Day.

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