Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Maternally Kate: Kate and William's Christening's + Happy Birthday Kate

I'd like to begin today's post by wishing the Duchess of Cambridge a very Happy Birthday, a sentiment I know is echoed by all of you. Last year, Kate opted for a low-key celebration with her family and I expect this year she will choose to do the same. St James's Palace said the Duchess plans to mark her 31st birthday "privately". Perhaps a family meal in Bucklebury?


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.

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Kate was christened at St Andrew's Bradfield, Berkshire on 20 June 1982.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

58 comments:

  1. Sarah from Calif.9 January 2013 01:10

    A very Happy Birthday to you Kate!!!!
    I agree Harry and Pippa are perfect choices!!
    I'm tickled pink my husband and I were married the same day and year as Michael and Carole Middleton. I guess that dates me.

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    1. Oh Wow Sarah, what a coincidence :)

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    2. Charlotte- I have left a message but it is not posted. Is there a problem with it? This is the 3 rd time in the past few weeks that I have left a comment and it did not get posted. Not sure if it is my computer.

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    3. Hello Pauline,

      This is the only comment I received. Some i phone users are experiencing issues. Terribly sorry for the inconvenience!

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    4. Jane from New England9 January 2013 04:02

      My husband and I were married the same year a month earlier -- May 31, 1980! I guess that dates me, too!

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    5. It certainly does. Amazing coincidences Jane and Sarah!

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  2. Happy birthday Kate! :) I love the pic of young Carole; I see lots of Pippa in her.

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  3. Happy bday beautiful Catherine! You are heavenly.
    Charlotte thank you for the best blog on the planet.

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  4. Thank you, Thank you for always sharing such sweet information about HRH! My friends and I just love her. America loves Kate!

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  5. I can really see Kate and Pippa's resemblance to their parents in those younger photos. How fun that she was christened the day before William was born. I wonder if her parents entertained the thought of them meeting at all.

    What a lovely birthday post. So much to look forward to this next year!

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  6. Charlotte, you've done it again! Thank you for the lovely post. I really hope that Duchess Kate reads your blog, as I'm sure it would cheer her up to know that a wonderful woman takes the time to share such complete information in such a loving manner. :o)

    Happy birthday to Kate from Waianae, HI. :o)
    Julie

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    1. Oh thank you Julie for that lovely comment x

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  7. Charlotte-
    I don't use an IPhone so it must be my computer. So I will try again.

    Well I want to wish our Duchess a very Happy Birthday. I hope she has a wonderful day with William and her parents. I know William will spoil her to no end. And I hope she is feeling better.

    I love this post showing the christening of both the Duchcess & her Prince. What a difference. I bet William & his Duchess will have a down to earth christening for their baby when the time comes.

    This is a little off the subject of the birthday but I am going to ask anyway.
    I am just wondering why we have not seen any photos of the Duchess going to the doctors? I would think with her illness she would have to go and be checked out. And with her to be about 12 weeks, that is when they do the first scan. Now unless the doctors and the scan machine is being taken to her then we would not see any photos. Just strange and I am sure the media are camped out at the dr.s office hopingot get the first picture of her going to the dr.s

    Also Charlotte have you heard if the Duchess is back in Wales with William? There was a story about her being back with William at their cottege. It was in the Mirror today.

    We can only hope that we woudl get a photo of her on her birthday but I am not holding my breath. William is in his protective mode.

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    1. Hello Pauline,

      As far as I know Kate is still in Bucklebury but may have travelled to Anglesey in recent days. As for photos of doctors visits, they wouldn't be taken for various reasons especially privacy and the Palace would be very unhappy. The UK press wouldn't touch them.

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    2. Also sometimes, where appropriate (obviously not for scans, etc.) it may be more convenient and private for the doctors to go see Kate (rather than the other way around) for checkups.

      I also wouldn't be surprised to learn that Kate had private nurses (or UK equivalent) during her time in Berkshire this past month or so. (Not saying she had, but that I wouldn't be surprised to learn that she had.)

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    3. Lynn Georgia USA9 January 2013 19:31

      I agree, Charlotte. Photos of Kate en route to the doctor would constitute a gross invasion of her privacy. I also think (and hope!)that the baby's christening will NOT be "down to earth." I trust that it will be very tasteful, but as a direct heir to the throne, the baby will be accorded all the ceremony that royal tradition has always demanded when royal babies are baptised. I do think (and hope!) that the Middletons will be very much in attendance--included in the official pictures, etc. Do you know whether members of the Spencer family were present for William's christening--but just not included in the official pictures?
      spencers absent from William's chistening--or were they just not included in the pictures?

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    4. Quite right too, such an invasion of her privacy, we wouldn't want to c non public pictures here.

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    5. Hello all who responsed to my post. The only reason I was asking about photos was we know how the media works when it comes to the Duchess. I know that it would be a big invasion of privacy but the media don't care. I understand why the UK press would not run any photos but other outlites don't care.

      And I am sure if any photos of the Duchess was posted William would not be a very happy camper. I believe he is in the overly protected mode.

      Charlotte do you know if the Duchess was in London or Wales with William for her birthday. There has been things in the news regarding her being in both places. It would be nice if she was able to travel to Wales and spend her birthday very quite there with William. But then again it all depends on how she is feeling. It has to be really hard on both of them to be separated while William is getting his flying hours. I jsut hope they are not separated for very long. It is a very special time in their lives now.

      Well any way I want to wish the beautiful Duchess a very Happy Birthday. Hope your day was special and that William spoiled you.

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  8. Happy Birthday, Duchess! Lots of love and happiness.

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  9. Kate, Texas, USA9 January 2013 04:39

    Happy Birthday Kate! I hope your special day is as beautiful as you! Charlotte, thank you for the lovely post. So very sweet. I think it's really neat that William's birthday, Catherine's christening, and Mike and Carole's anniversary dates are all together. Makes for a great time of celebrating!

    Charlotte, I love the picture you chose of Kate from the Solomon Islands. Her natural beauty really shines through. Also loved the bright yellow Jaeger dress! I think Pippa looks like her mom and Kate like her dad. They are a very attractive family.

    I think Pippa and Harry as godparents would be really sweet. I have also thought of Thomas Van Straubenzee and or a Van Cutsem as godparents also. One thing is certain, Baby Cambridge will be very well loved and cared for!

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  10. I also agree with you Charlotte...Harry and Pippa are perfect choices!

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  11. Jean from Lancs.9 January 2013 07:24

    Charlotte,
    Tried to put a message on yesterday--but a message flashed up--"Transferred---"
    Wasn't quick enough to see where it was transferred.

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    1. Are the comments working ok for you now Jean?

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  12. Since neither Harry or Pippa is married,wouldn't there also be a married couple also asked to be godparents? That's what my friends in America often do. What is the normal custom for the Royal family?

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  13. I think as our future monarch the christening will be a public affair, like Williams and will be part of the PR machine to maintain popularity (like their wedding). Godparents too will have a mix of friends and those who can advise etc. I think William will feel this keenly having lost a parent as this is the true role of a Godparent after all.

    Exciting times ahead...hoping for a due date/RAF stay-go announcement sometime soon.

    Happy Birthday Kate!

    Lovely post, as always Charlotte.

    PPx

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    1. I don't think it will be a very public affair. And the only reason I am saying this is because we all know how private and protective William is of his Duchess and now with a baby on the way I think he will go into over drive and be more so. We might get a photo of the family but that is about it.

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    2. This will be a monarch _ there will be public photos for historical sake.

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    3. I don't think it will b very public either. William and Harry's christening had official pictures but very limited tv coverage, it was only clips which the palace wanted us to c and some were shown at queens Xmas day speech. No tv coverage of Edwards children. William keeping public at arms length. Hannah Newbury uk

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  14. Wishing Kate a very Happy Birthday today.

    Well, I'm going to really date myself here, but my son was only about 8 months old when Charles and Diana got married.

    Had a bit of a laugh looking at Carole Middleton's clothes - her dress at Kate's christening would have been considered quite stylish in the day!

    The other thing I remember, of course, is photos and tv coverage (this was waaay before the internet, of course) when Charles and Diana took William home from the hospital.

    Apparently Diana was appalled at these photos of her billowy maternity dress on the steps of the hospital! And that story might well be true, because a couple of years later when Harry was born, the photos showed her wearing a very polished red outfit to take Harry home from the hospital.





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  15. Hi Charlotte, another great post :)

    I think the godparents are going to be Pippa, Harry, some personal friends of the Cambridges, and, of course, some members of british and european royalty.

    If it's a girl (and I would love it), I bet her name will be Victoria Elizabeth Diana Carole. But I have a feeling it's going to be a boy :)

    Hugs from (a very sunny today) Portugal
    Z.

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  16. Oh, and I forgot: Happy Birthday dear Kate! :)
    Z.

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  17. Happy Birthday Duchess Kati!
    Today is my birthday also.
    Have a fantastic birthday and amazing year!

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  18. Monica, France9 January 2013 14:52

    Happy birthday to you, dear Duchess Kate!

    I also think that Harry and Pippa will make perfect godparents but I feel pretty sure that there will be more than two godparents.

    Charlotte, will the Royal baby's title be "HRH prince or princess of Cambridge"? While any subsequent child born to Wills and Kate (even a twin) will simply be known as Lord or Lady Mounbatten-Windsor?

    Thank you for telling me and keep up your excellent work!

    Hugs!





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    1. The baby will be styled as HRH Prince/Princess of Cambridge (I believe). As for subsequent children I'm not positive but I would have thought they would also be styled as HRH's.

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    2. They recently changed the rules to allow any one of their children to styled as HRH prince/princess of Cambridge where as it just used to be only the first born son could be styled as a prince and HRH. In the past they only allowed female children to be styled as lady. The new rule states that any child of the eldest of the prince of Wales is to be stylized as HRH no matter the gender. Harry's kids will most likely be styled as an HRH while any children of prince Andrew or prince Edward's kids will most likely be styled as lord/lady or they could elect to not have any titles besytoed on them. As princess Ann's children have no royal title, Peter's daughters are without titles as I expect Zara will do to her kids

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    3. Apparently the Queen has very recently issued the Letters Patent for this - it has just come to light.

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    4. Anonymous 22:22 and MariBy are correct. The Telegraph had a write up about the Queen's formal decree. She issued the decree on December 31, but it was just now made public knowledge. Maybe a "happy birthday" to Kate? A quote from The Telegraph....

      "Using Letters Patent, a method by which the sovereign can give orders without the involvement of Parliament, the Queen decided that from now on "all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales" should be given the title of Royal Highness "with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names".
      The Telegraph 9 January 2013

      According to the article if William and Kate have a daughter, she will be titled but will not be allowed to give her children the title of prince or princess. Well, won't she be the monarch? If she isn't entitled to give her children titles, who is?

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    5. When Charles becomes king, she will become entitled to give her kids HRH prince/princess

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  19. happy birthday duchess cambridge i agree about the baby cambridge Pippa and Harry will be there choices but i think they will be having James a second thought they will be inviting some of there friends..

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  20. Happy birthday Kate! Gosh she looks exactly like her father especially in that picture where he's holding baby Kate in his lap. Here's to another 31 Kate!:)xoxo

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  21. Robin Indiana USA
    Happy Birthday Kate! Hope you are feelimg better so you can enjoy it. Today is my Mom's 74 birthday also which made her day special to. I totally think that how close William is to Harry and Kate is to Pippa would make wonderful god parents for they both love children. Can't wait to see who they pick. Baby Cambridge is one loved all over the world.

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  22. Happy Birthday Duchess Kate!!!

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  23. Kate, Texas, USA9 January 2013 17:21

    Saw a couple news reports here in the US about Kate's birthday. Looks like the weather was beautiful and sunny today in England! I feel like I am in the UK....it's been raining straight for 2 days. Hope it was a wonderful and relaxing day for her!

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  24. Happy Birthday to our Duchess!

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  25. I love Kates hair on the first picture, it looks so natural and curly! Happy Birthday!

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  26. I hope Kate has enjoyed a very nice birthday. She looks just like her father!

    How ironic that the Middleton's got married on what would be William's birthday. Amazing.

    As for Godparents, I would be very surprised if Harry and Pippa are not chosen. But Kate has a brother too, so who knows. :)

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  27. Jean from Lancs.9 January 2013 22:10

    The present rules are that the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of
    Wales is titled Prince X of Cambridge and other children are titled Lord or Lady and then their name. Obviously if they change the succession law that too will have to change.
    Of course all children of both William and Harry will be Princes or Princesses
    when Charles becomes Kimg.
    Charlotte, if this arrives I'll know the problem of disappearing into the ether is cured!

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    1. Jean from Lancs. Boy the rules sure are confusing But the way I understnad the new rules to be is that the eldest son of the Prince of Wales and any children they have will be titled Prince/Princess of Cambridge. This will only be for William's children and not Harry's as Harry is not the eldest. If this is not accurate, someone correct me please. Thanks.

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  28. Lady Sarah from Calif.10 January 2013 01:26

    Wow I will need to really study all the titles of HRH, prince,princess, Lord, Lady, ect. to understand it all.
    Well it's. 1:25a.m. in England hope Kate had a restful and wonderful day on her B-day. and you all on the other side are resting peacefully..
    I am tempted to give myself the title Lady Sarah! Okay! Just this once. Ño disrespect intended.

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    1. Sarah from Calif.10 January 2013 02:11

      P.S. the video of Diana pacifying William with her pinky (little finger) is priceless .

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  29. Kate, Texas, USA10 January 2013 03:08

    Thought I would share what my little prince and princess said when they saw it was Kate's birthday.... My son said, "I bet Prince William will give Kate a really big ring with a diamond and a really big kiss on the lips." My daughter said, "William will get her lots of princess gowns and lots of crowns to wear in her pretty hair. They will all have lots and lots of jewels. I think he'll get the baby in her belly a gift too (with little giggles)."

    Once again, Happy 31st to Kate!!!

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    1. I love that, thank you for sharing. Your little Prince and Princess sound adorable :)

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    2. This was so cute, especially your daughter ��

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  30. Well I don't know about you other Duchess fans but I am on pins & needles waiting for the announcement regarding our Duchess's due date and what William has planned for his & the Duchess future. It is a very exciting time in their lives right now so it will be nice to know what his plans are.

    And I feel so sorry for the Duchess having to be separated from William while he gets in his flying hours. I don't understand if he plans on leaving the RAF when his time is up in mid summer why he need's all these extra hours. I know he has regular schedule 24 hour shifts but the extra hours I don't understand. To me it is just taken away from being with his Duchess during this exciting time in their lives. But there again I don't understand the RAF either. Anyone out there know why he need's all these extra hours, please explain it to me.

    Let's just hope they will not be separated for more than a few days at a time. And maybe she will be strong enough to join him in Wales.

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  31. Oh my gosh I just realized I´m christened on the exact same date (and year) that Kate is. That is so cool

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  32. Oh my gosh!!! I'm so excited for baby cambridge!!! Just a couple more months to go!!! I have a feeling they're going to have a girl... I think they should have Alice as a first name and Diana as a middle name. My cousin is born in July and my daughter says it has been quite the talk at school!!! Happy birthday kate!!!

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