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Sunday 4 December 2016

Say cheese - Royals all smiles in official christening pictures

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Touching family photographs have been released to mark the christening of Princess Charlotte.

The official images were taken by celebrated photographer Mario Testino immediately after the royal baby was baptised in front of the Queen and close relatives at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham on Sunday.

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"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their whole family had a wonderful day on Sunday and were delighted to share the special occasion with the thousands of people who came to Sandringham," a Kensington Palace spokesman said.

"They are very happy to share these photographs and hope that everyone enjoys them as much as they do."

Kate and Charlotte are featured alone in one image taken in the drawing room, with the Duchess looking proudly down at her daughter.

To complement this picture there is a black and white image taken in the grounds of Sandringham of the Duke holding his son.

The final image from the official set of christening pictures taken by Testino is a family photograph of the couple with their children.

Kate is holding Charlotte while William is holding George as they pose in the gardens of Sandringham House. The outing for the christening was the first time the family had been seen together in public.

The royal baby was pushed to church in a vintage pram - which the Queen used for two of her children - in what was the royal infant's second appearance since being photographed leaving hospital after her birth on May 2.

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