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Archie Christening: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Son Christened in Private Ceremony at Windsor Castle


Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has been christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a private ceremony.

The royal baby was baptized in front of close family and friends in the private chapel at Windsor Castle on July 6.

Prince William and Kate Middleton attended but were not thought to have their children with them.

Queen Elizabeth II did not attend due to a prior engagement.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were reported to have arrived at the ceremony by helicopter and Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, also attended.

A full list of the 25 guests has not been made public, but Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale – the sisters of Prince Harry’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales – were pictured in an official photograph taken at the christening.

A Royal Communications spokesperson said: “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.”

Photo credit Chris Allerton

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opted to exclude the press and the public from the day and chose not to reveal the names of Archie’s godparents.

Instead of having press photographers, fashion photographer Chris Allerton – who took their wedding photos – captured the special moment, with two pictures released to the public and posted on the couple’s Instagram account.

Chris Allerton said he was “honored” to take the official photographs and “be part of such a joyous occasion”.

However, Prince Harry and Meghan did follow some royal traditions.

Archie wore a handmade replica of the royal christening robe which was made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter.

The robe, which has been worn by royal infants on the occasion of their christening for the last 11 years, was made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen.

The ornate Lily Font, commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the baptism of their first child Victoria, Princess Royal, in 1841, was also used – as was water from the River Jordan.