It was a momentous weekend for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was christened at a private ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 6.
The event wasn’t a public one, and the baby’s godparents have yet to be revealed, but the royal family did offer some special portraits from the big day.
Taken in the Green Drawing Room, the official portraits by Chris Allerton show little Archie, 2 months old, in his mother’s arms. Prince Harry is all smiles beside Meghan, while Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Kate Middleton, and Prince William are also present. Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale are also in the joyous group picture, as is Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
Meghan dressed in white Dior for the occasion. Archie is wearing a christening robe designed by Angela Kelly, who is Queen Elizabeth’s assistant. His cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have all worn it as well. The traditional piece is a replica of an 1841 gown commissioned by Queen Victoria, and worn by generations of royal children.
Today, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie was christened at Private Chapel at Windsor Castle.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 6, 2019
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Meghan and Harry's official Instagram read, “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.”
In addition the family portrait, another more intimate moment was captured and shared — an adoring Meghan and Harry cradling Archie. Look at that sweet little face!
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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