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Baby Archie Harrison's Christening took place in a private ceremony
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry invite only close relatives to baby Archie Harrison's Christening. Queen Elizabeth could not make it to the ceremony.

Royal baby Archie Harrison’s Christening in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. 

Baby Archie Harrison's Christening

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Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor was christened on 6th July in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. The ceremony took place just two months after the birth of Archie.

The news was shared on the social media of the Royal family. The post read, “This morning, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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The statement continued, “The Duke and the 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. The Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the grandparents of Archie.”


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Archie Harrison Baptized

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The statement also gave the details about the christening gown. It said, “Their son Archie was baptized wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by the royal infants for the past 11 years. The original christening robe made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841. It was first worn by her eldest daughter.”

Private Ceremony

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kept the ceremony private. The guests included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the grandparents of baby Archie. According to The Telegraph, Prince Harry has requested Archie to be treated as a private citizen.  They invited only 25 members of the Royal family.

Therefore, they did not allow any photographers to take pictures at the event. Most of the royal christening ceremonies are not public. Compared to the baptism of Prince William’s children, there is a shift in the coverage of the event.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Roya Nikkah wrote at the Sunday Times, “The move is in contrast to the decision by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to let cameras capture their children at their christenings, together with the arrivals of family members, and godparents before holding private services”.

However, the couple released pictures taken by photographer Chris Allerton to commemorate the event just hours after it had occurred. He took these pictures in the Green Drawing Room, also used for the wedding pictures of Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle

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St George’s Chapel Choir performed on Saturday’s ceremony. Meghan wore a white dress from Dior and Kate wore a dress by Stella McCartney. Kate also paid tribute to Princess Diana as she chose to wear her Collingwood Pearl Earnings. Princess Diana wore the same earrings to Prince Harry’s christening in 1984.

Queen Elizabeth did not attend baby Archie Harrison’s ceremony

Queen Elizabeth

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The Queen, as well as Prince Philip, missed the baptism of their great-grandson. A source reported to PEOPLE that the Queen’s absence was due to previous commitments. On the other hand, Prince Philip does not attend many events as he is retired from public duty.

The Queen is also preparing for summer holidays at Balmoral Castle. She visits there every year around the month of July.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor

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However, the Queen also missed the christening of her grandson, Prince Louis last year. Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and Kate Middleton mutually agreed upon the Queen not attending the ceremony.

Related: Meghan Markle celebrates her first Christmas with the Royals.

However, The Queen continues to work from her holiday home as well.



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