Kate Middleton is one busy mom! The Duchess of Cambridge is busy making christening plans for Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, with a July ceremony that will undoubtedly please Queen Elizabeth amid the tension with the Middleton family.
Princess Charlotte has been enjoying privacy at Anmer Hall with big brother Prince George. However, the newest royal will enjoy her first big royal event in July. Kate is planning Charlotte’s christening with Prince William, and reports suggest it will happen before Queen Elizabeth leaves for Scotland to enjoy her annual summer break.
Typically, families wait until their tot is closer to the three month maker before having the christening. Prince George was christened in October of 2013. However, planning the event around the Queen’s schedule is a smart move on Kate’s part. There has been a lot of tension since the birth of Princess Charlotte thanks to the Middleton family’s constant presence and influence over the young royal’s lifestyle.
Carole Middleton and Kate sister, Pippa Middleton, were among the first to meet Princess Charlotte. When the Queen arrived to discover Carole had held new royal baby before she did, Queen Elizabeth was furious and ordered Carole and Pippa to be “removed” from her sight. Carole Middleton has made it clear that her top priority is Kate Middleton and Princess Charlotte’s happiness, not the Queen’s as we previously reported. Pair that with Carole Middleton moving into Anmer Hall (on a temporary basis) and making changes to royal traditions, you can bet Queen Elizabeth is probably livid!
By planning Princess Charlotte’s christening with Queen Elizabeth in mind, it will be an easy step the Duchess can take to mend ill feelings. The effort to please the Queen might be another reason Kate is feeling the pressure to return to working earlier than she had planned. The Duchess reportedly told friends she wants to enjoy a longer maternity leave to fully enjoy and embrace her growing family, but Queen Elizabeth feels Kate Middleton has had plenty of time off and wants the Duchess of Cambridge present for her upcoming birthday celebrations.
Princess Charlotte’s ceremony will likely be held at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London. No official word on when or where the christening will take place, but Charlotte will probably wear the same hand-made gown Prince George wore. It designed by the Queen’s assistant and Buckingham Palace’s team of dressmakers in 2008. Another nod toward Queen Elizabeth’s desires, perhaps?
Word from insiders who revealed some possible details to People claim that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will led the ceremony. Royal fans will also likely found out who Princess Charlotte’s godparents are, as well. A few professional photos will undoubtedly be shared, but don’t count on seeing Charlotte formally beyond those posed pics.
It will also be telling to see if Kate’s dad, Michael Middleton, will be snapping images of Princess Charlotte before the christening. Kate and William released some family photos before Prince George’s ceremony, much to the chagrin of Prince Charles who complains he rarely gets to see George. Another rumor states Charles hasn’t seen Princess Charlotte beyond the two times he visited her at Kensington Palace! Which could be the Middleton’s doing. As we mentioned, Kate Middleton and Carole Middleton are said to be planning Charlotte’s first birthday, possibly trying to time another Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles snub.
All this drama must be piling up and Kate Middleton might be doing some damage control in the near future. Do you think Kate will continue to defy the Queen? Will the Middleton family continue their royal revolution? Let us know in the comment section below.