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Britain's Princess Charlotte to be Christened in July

  • Associated Press

FILE - In this Saturday, May 2, 2015, file photo, Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William smile as they carry their newborn baby Princess Charlotte from St. Mary's Hospital in London, following the birth.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 2, 2015, file photo, Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William smile as they carry their newborn baby Princess Charlotte from St. Mary's Hospital in London, following the birth.

Princess Charlotte, the newborn daughter of Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, will be christened in a private ceremony next month, officials said Friday.

The ceremony is set for July 5 at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Queen Elizabeth II's sprawling Sandringham estate in Norfolk, on England's eastern coast.

Charlotte's late grandmother, Princess Diana, was christened at the same church. Diana's family was closely tied to the royal family and she was born on the Sandringham estate in 1961.

Charlotte, the couple's second child after Prince George and fourth in line to the throne, was born in London on May 2.

The queen, her husband Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla are expected join Kate's family at the ceremony, along with the baby's godparents, who have not yet been announced.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will conduct the ceremony.

William and Kate left London and traveled north shortly after the birth to their mansion in Sandringham, where they are expected to be based for the next few years.

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