Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Share Official Photos, Details From Baby Archie’s Christening

The christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, first son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, took place on Saturday, and some new photos have been released from the ceremony.

According to reports, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle initially planned on keeping information of the christening private, but decided to release details just ahead of the event.

Buckingham Palace has announced that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, conducted the ceremony in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle, with Chris Allerton taking the official photos in the Green Drawing Room.

“I am honoured to take the official photographs at the christening of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, and to once again, be part of such a special and joyous occasion for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” Allerton said in a statement.

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Archie wore the handmade replica of the Royal Christening Robe in Honiton lace, while some of the boys from St. George’s Chapel Choir who performed at the couple’s wedding will join them once again.

The Lily Font, a silver baptismal font commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for Princess Victoria, was also used. The font has been used for royal christenings since then.

Archie — like his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis — was baptized with water from the River Jordan.

A full guest list was not released, but the palace has confirmed that Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were in attendance, while Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, flew in from Los Angeles.

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In total, around 25 guests reportedly attended the christening, including Markle’s close friends from Northwestern, Lyndsay Roth and Genevieve Hillis, who joined the Duchess to cheer Serena Williams on at Wimbledon on July 4.

“The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private,” the palace said in a statement on Friday. However, the Church of England states that all baptism information is public record, so that information is expected to become known soon.

On Saturday, the @SussexRoyal Instagram account released an official statement, along with two official photos.

Chris Allerton/©SussexRoyal via AP
Chris Allerton/©SussexRoyal via AP

“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 statement begins.

“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,” continues the statement, adding, “Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie.”

Chris Allerton/©SussexRoyal via AP
Chris Allerton/©SussexRoyal via AP

The statement concludes, “Their son, Archie, was baptized 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.”

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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

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