Baby Archie, firstborn of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was christened, this Saturday. Duke and Duchess kept it a private affair. The Christening Ceremony took place in Queen Elizabeth’s private chapel of Windsor Castle, London, officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor is two months old, and seventh in line to the British throne.
The Royal Couple released two gorgeous portraits of the Christening Ceremony over their official social media handle. In keeping with the Royal tradition, Archie wore a lace and satin christening gown-a replica of one made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, in 1841. He was sprinkled with water from the River Jordan, at an ornate silver baptismal, font that has been used in Royal Christening for more than 150 years.
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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
Archie’s christening was attended by 25 close family members and friends. Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, also attended the christening while Queen Elizabeth could not attend due to prior meetings.
Royal fans and well-wishers lined up the streets of Windsor from the day before, to have a glimpse of the royal baby. The Christening marks the official entry to the Church of England, making it an important event for royal watcher’s around the world.