Wellwishers hoping to travel to Norfolk on Sunday to see the Royal Family at the christening of Princess Charlotte have been given some advice by local police. Officers have published a list of timings to help those who want to be present at the big event to plan their day and make sure they aren’t disappointed.
Police say that the gates to the paddock by St Mary Magdalane Church where the baptism will take place won’t open until 3pm and they are warning that anyone who turns up before hand will have to queue – that could mean a long wait in the warm weather that will still be over Eastern England at that time.
Officers are also asking people to make sure they bring adequate protection for hot, sunny conditions including sunscreen and plenty of water to drink. They’re also asking people to consider car sharing or using the bus or train – there will be car parks and drivers will be directed to the nearest spaces but police are reminding those wanting to travel to the christening that it will be a popular event and pressure on spaces will be huge.
People in the crowds will also have a chance to grab a photo of the historic event as cameras are allowed in the paddock where those lucky enough to get a spot will have a good view of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they make their first public appearance with both their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Flowers brought to the church for the Royal Family will be donated to East Anglia Children’s Hospices, one of Kate’s charities. The organization said it was delighted by the gesture. Wellwishers who arrive with posies will be directed to EACH representatives in the paddock where they can make their gift.
With just days to go until the christening of Princess Charlotte, which will be attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as well as Michael and Carole Middleton and other family members, excitement is building. The ceremony, which will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, will take place nine weeks and a day after the birth of the baby princess.
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born on May 2nd 2015 at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and has spent most of her life since then at her family’s Norfolk residence, Anmer Hall.
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