Today the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened at the Private Chapel in Windsor Castle. The celebration was an entirely private affair and is supposedly attended by fewer than 25 people. Buckingham Palace released two official photographs from Archie’s christening.
The photograph was taken by Chris Allerton in Windsor Castle's Green Drawing Room and the Rose Garden. In a group shot that is taken in the Green Drawing Room, Archie is photographed in his mother Duchess of Sussex’s arms alongside Prince Harry, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge. the Prince of Wales, Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and the Duke of Cambridge can be seen standing in the family picture.
This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©SussexRoyal
In another picture, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can be seen sharing an intimate family moment with Archie in the Duchess’ arms. Archie is pictured wearing a handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe, a garment that has been passed down the royal family for years.
A Royal Communications spokesperson said in a statement, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to share the happiness of this day, and would like to thank everyone around the world for their ongoing support. They feel so fortunate to have enjoyed this special moment with family and Archie’s godparents.”
The ceremony was a traditional affair and was officiated by Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. The palace had issued a statement on July 3 stating the details of the christening would be kept private and so will be the identities of Archie’s godparents as per the royal couple’s wishes.
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