I've been planning a selection of posts for our Maternally Kate section for some time and thought it a good time to look back at William's and Kate's christenings.
Michael and Carole Middleton married on 21 June 1980 at the Paris Church of Dorney, Buckinghamshire and were delighted to welcome their first child into the world. Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on 9 January 1982.
Kate was christened at St Andrew's Bradfield, Berkshire on 20 June 1982.
The christening was a joyous day for the family with smiling mother Carole pictured in a floral dress outside the church holding baby Kate, as proud dad Michael looked on. All parents think their daughter is a princess, but little did Mike and Carole know then what the future would hold for their daughter.
The day after Kate's christening, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was born at St Mary's Hospital, London, the first born child of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Unlike Kate's private family christening, Prince William's christening was celebrated all over the country. The Prince was baptised in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 4 August 1982 (the 82nd birthday of the Queen Mother) by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie. He was named after Prince William of Gloucester, his father's seven-years older cousin and personal hero who died in an aeroplane crash in 1972.
William's godparents were King Constantine II of Greece, Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, the Duchess of Westminster, Lady Susan Hussey, Lord Ramsey and Sir Laurens Van der Post. You can watch a video from the christening here.
|The British Monarchy/The Royal Collection|
This year William and Kate will have the arrival of their first baby and will no doubt be looking forward to, and planning, Baby Cambridge's christening. I predict Pippa and Harry will be chosen as godparents. Who do you think the Cambridges will choose?