SNAPPING AT SANDRINGHAM: Mario Testino is preparing for a royal encore this Sunday as the official photographer of Princess Charlotte’s christening party. He will take pictures following the baby’s baptism on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.
“The Duke and Duchess are delighted that Mario Testino will help capture this important moment for their family, and look forward to sharing the photographs with the public,” said a Kensington Palace spokesman.
The assignment marks the return of Testino to the royal fold: Over the years, he has photographed Diana, Princess of Wales, and has regularly taken official portraits of other royal family members, including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
He also photographed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after they were engaged.
In a statement, Testino said he was honored “to document this occasion and to carry on the documentation of the family that is the soul of this country, a country that has given me so much.”
Princess Charlotte, who was born in May, will be baptized Sunday morning close to home. In the spring, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge moved to a newly refurbished house on the Queen’s estate.