Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Release Photos Of Son Archie’s Christening
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released photos from their child’s christening.
The private ceremony was held on Saturday at the Windsor castle and photos were taken by fashion photographer, Chris Allerton.
The first photo was published on the royals’ Instagram account. In the photo, it shows baby Archie with his parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, along with other members of the royal family: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, and Camilla. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and Princess Diana’s sisters are also featured in the first photo.
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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
The second photo was introduced to the public on Twitter. The tweet shows a black and white photo of The Duke and Duchess with their son. The photo was taken in the rose garden where the ceremony took place.
This second photograph of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Archie was taken in the Rose Garden at Windsor Castle on Archie’s christening day.
📷 Chris Allerton /©️SussexRoyal pic.twitter.com/UZdOA83sHR
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 6, 2019
The Duke and Duchess were criticized for not having any press, or public, to witness any elements from the ceremony and for keeping the identity of the godparent’s a secret. Royal biographer, Penny Junor, has called the couple’s decision to exclude the press and public a mistake.
Royal watchers speculated that the godparents could be Genevieve Hills and Lindsay Roth, two close friends of the Duchess from her university days. They were all spotted together at Wimbledon on Thursday.
There is also speculation that Markle’s best friend, Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, could be a godparent, while Harry’s old schoolmates, Thomas and Charlie van Straubenzee, may have been chosen as well.
Archie wore a gown that was a handmade replica made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen.
The Queen herself did not attend the christening, due to a prior engagement.