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Royal christening: Police advice for well wishers at Princess Charlotte christening

PUBLISHED: 09:13 05 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:19 05 July 2015

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess Charlotte on May 2. Photo Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the newborn Princess Charlotte on May 2. Photo Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Today is the day - Princess Charlotte will be christened in Sandringham this afternoon.

Sandringham church. Photo: Mike Page. Sandringham church. Photo: Mike Page.

Yesterday, police announced that those heading to the christening will be able to take their places in the paddock one hour earlier.

Members of the public who will be attending will now be able to enter the paddock section of the Church of St Mary Magalene in Sandringham at 2pm, rather than the proposed 3pm.

The christening will begin at 4.30pm.

Large crowds are expected to gather for a glimpse of the nine-week-old at her baptism at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham - close to the family’s Norfolk country mansion Anmer Hall.

Princess Charlotte, who will be christened at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Sunday, July 5. Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire Princess Charlotte, who will be christened at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Sunday, July 5. Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Guests including the Princess’s great-grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate’s siblings Pippa and James Middleton will watch the traditional service.

The Cambridges will also bring along toddler son Prince George, who turns two later this month.

People are advised that anyone arriving before that time will have to queue. Norfolk police encouraged visitors to keep cool in the warm weather.

Those arriving by car will be directed by staff on arrival to the Sandringham estate to one of a number of car parks.

Superintendent Kevin Clarke said: “With this being such a special occasion we are expecting the area to be extremely busy on Sunday and encourage the public to heed our advice so they can enjoy the event safely.”

Don’t miss the Royal christening special edition on Monday.

Police advice

Where should I park? People arriving by car will be directed by staff to one of a number of car parks; however, with a large number of people expected to attend, we would advise people to car share or consider other transport options.

What should I bring? With warm weather forecast, please make sure you bring adequate sun protection, such as sunscreen and hats. Facilities in the area are limited so it is advisable to bring refreshments; however, please avoid bringing large bags or coolers.

Can I bring a camera? Members of the public are allowed to take photographs in the paddock area; however, no professional or commercial photography is permitted outside the press pen.

Can I bring flowers? Any flowers will be donated to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Anyone bringing flowers into the paddock area will be directed to representatives from EACH.

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