Charlotte Elizabeth Diana: What's Next for the Royal Baby, Her Christening and More
Duchess Kate gave birth to her second child in London's St. Mary's Hospital.
By CAROLYN DURAND and KATIE KINDELAN
May 4, 2015, 5:06 PM
• 4 min read
-- Prince William and Duchess Kate’s second child, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, is just days old, but royal watchers are already looking to what’s ahead for the royal bundle of joy.
Here is a look at the details, photos and more we can expect in the weeks and months ahead for Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and her royal family.
Move to Anmer Hall: Duchess Kate, 33, brought Princess Charlotte home from St. Mary's Hospital on Saturday to the family's home at Kensington Palace. It was there that Charlotte met her grandparents and spent more time with her older brother, Prince George, but it is not likely where Charlotte will spend her first few months. Instead, Kate and William will likely move their two children in the coming days to Anmer Hall, their 10-bedroom home on the queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England.
The couple spent nearly $2.5 million to renovate the property and the 10-bedroom home has plenty of space for William and Kate to welcome relatives. The home's more remote location also gives William and Kate the opportunity to ensure their children have a childhood away from the prying eyes of the public.
First Official Photo: Just a few days shy of Prince George’s 1-month birthday, Prince William and Kate chose to release the first official image of George in 2013. The duke and duchess decided to forgo professional portraits in favor of a few backyard snapshots taken by Kate's father, Michael Middleton.
Christening: Prince William and Kate held the christening for Prince George in October 2013, three months after their son’s birth. It is quite likely that Princess Charlotte will be christened in late July, before the Queen heads to Balmoral. Princess Charlotte would be outfitted in the same gown worn by Prince George, an exact replica of Queen Victoria’s first child's gown from 174 years ago. The gown has been used for every generation of royal infants, totaling 62 royal babies in all and including the queen's father, King George, the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. The gown was so delicate it was deemed too fragile for further use and remade by the Queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly, in 2004.