Princess Charlotte christened with special water flown in from Jordan

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is pushed in her silver cross pram as she leaves the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate after her christening. (File: Reuters)

Britain’s Princess Charlotte, was christened on Sunday with water from the Jordan River at Queen Elizabeth II’s country estate by the Archbishop of Canterbury, it has been revealed.

Following royal tradition, the Princess was baptized with the same water that was also used at the christening of her older brother, Prince George, two years ago.

The holy water from the Jordan River is said to be where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

However, although historically significant, the water is said to be polluted with sewage and could pose serious health risks, according to a report by the Times of Israel.

Kensington Palace did not say how the water from the river was obtained for Princess Charlotte’s christening, but a Jordanian official told the BBC that the water sent for the baptism was treated and was safe for use.

‘We organize the process of bottling holy water from the River Jordan,’ Dia Madani, head of Jordan’s baptism site commission, told the BBC.

‘We provide it to investors after cleaning it, sterilizing it and giving it the blessings of religious men. Each bottle has a label from the commission.’

It is believed by church leaders that the waters of the holy river have a special significance.

‘There are layers of symbolism that go back to the origins of Christianity not just historically but also geographically,’ Father Jamal Khader, head of Religious Studies at Bethlehem University, said to the BBC

The ceremony of the royal christening was private. Only the queen, her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Kate’s family were present, among a small group of other guests that were allowed inside.

Among the guests there were five godparents that William and Kate chose for Charlotte, which including William’s cousin Laura Fellowes, Kate’s cousin Adam Middleton, and three of the couple’s friends.

The event took place in the 16th-century church, where Charlotte’s late grandmother, Princess Diana, was christened in 1961.

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