As Hello! magazine points out, Charlotte and Eugenie are the only royals to be christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church. (Fun fact: Princess Diana was also baptized at the picturesque chapel, which is located on the queen’s Sandringham estate, but this statistic only applies to “current-day royals.”)
Princess Eugenie’s took place back in December 1990 and made headlines because it was the royal family’s first public christening. Most imperial baptisms are done behind closed doors, which is why the press gathers outside to catch a glimpse of the guests. However, Princess Eugenie’s parents—Prince Andrew and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson—scheduled hers during a public Sunday service.
Fast-forward to 2015, and Princess Charlotte was baptized in that same church. Although Prince William and Kate Middleton opted for a private ceremony (unlike Princess Eugenie’s), that didn’t stop photographers from capturing photos of the Cambridges’ arrival.
The decision to baptize Charlotte at St. Mary Magdalene Church might surprise some people, especially since her brothers—Prince George (7) and Prince Louis (3)—were christened at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.
Still, the reminder about this connection between the princesses comes shortly after Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, were forced to postpone the christening for their son, August. It was supposed to take place at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor on July 17, but it was called off after a COVID-19 scare.
Did Princess Eugenie purposely choose a different location to maintain her special connection to Princess Charlotte? We sure hope so.
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