Paddocks to open at 2pm for Princess Charlotte’s christening

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Well-wishers attending the christening of Princess Charlotte will be able to enter the paddock area from 2pm today (July 5).

The christening will take place at 4.30pm at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham and will attended by the Queen and Prince Charles as well as Princess Charlotte’s parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Any members of the public who wish to celebrate the occasion are being advised the gates to the paddock area of the church will now be opened at 2pm and not at 3pm as previously advised to allow sufficient time for people to arrive.

Norfolk Police has warned that a large number of well-wishers are expected to attend and the public should be mindful that anyone arriving before this time will be required to queue.

A spokesman for the force said: “Given this event is taking place later in the day, people are asked to consider their arrival time carefully as they could be queuing for some time in warm temperatures with limited refreshments and facilities in the area.”

People 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.”

Anyone bringing flowers will be asked to give them to representatives from the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices