Yesterday, the 5th of June was a historic moment for all of Britain for two notable reasons: little princess Charlotte — fourth in line to the throne– was christened, and for the first time in three generations a senior royal was made accessible to the public.
Unfortunately, the hundreds of eager members of the public who gathered were confined to the well-wishers’ paddock outside St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England. The ceremony was a private affair for less than 30 guests inside the church.
According to Us Weekly, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose two hymns, one lesson, and two anthems for the christening of their daughter. Kensington Palace briefed Us Weekly that the hymns chosen for the intimate congregation to sing were “Praise to the Lord” and “The Almighty and Come Down, O Love Divine.” James Meade, one of Prince William’s closest friends, was chosen to read the lesson (which is from Matthew 18, verses 1-5). The Sandringham Church Choir were on hand to help the congregation out with their hymns and to sing the anthems, “I Will Sing With The Spirit” and “God Be In My Head,” both by John Rutter. After the ceremony, the processional organ music was R. Vaughan Williams’ Prelude on “Rhosymedre.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby conducted the christening supported by The Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.
Holy water taken from the River Jordan, where the holy book tells us Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist was used to drench the baby princess. Following tradition the ornate silver gilt lily font, which is usually on show as part of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London was used.