It was announced today that Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, the newborn daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be christened at St. Mary Magdalene, the parish church on the Sandringham estate. The present church has a history dating back to the sixteenth century and over the years it has been rebuilt and restored. It has been the scene of various royal events since the estate was purchased in 1862 for the then Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII) and his bride, Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
Although most articles focus on the christening of Princess Eugenie of York in 1990, many royal events have taken place on this site and it is regularly used by the royal family for worship when they are in residence at Sandringham.
Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George (future King George VI) on February 17, 1896
Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary (Princess Mary) Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood on June 7, 1897
Prince Alexander Edward Christian Frederick, later King Olav of Norway on August 11, 1903
Her Princess Mary's youngest brother, Prince John Charles Francis on August 3, 1905
Diana Francis, Princess of Wales on August 30, 1961
Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York on December 23, 1990. She is the first royal baby to have a public christening.
Funerals and interments
Prince Alexander John of Wales, youngest son of the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, died within hours of his birth in 1871 and is buried in the grounds of the church.
King George VI died in the familiar surroundings of Sandringham and his coffin lay for two days in the church before his funeral at St. George's Chapel, Windsor.
King George VI's brother, Prince John's funeral took place on January 21, 1919. He is buried in the grounds of the church.
Several members of Diana, Princess of Wales' family are buried in the grounds of the church. These include her maternal grandfather, grandmother and older brother, John, who died within hours of his birth in January 1960.
© Marilyn Braun 2015
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