Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip missed their great-grandson, Archie Harrison’s christening.
Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, had a private christening for their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The ceremony took place at Queen Elizabeth II’s private chapel located in Windsor Castle. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, “wanted an intimate, peaceful setting in a place with such a special connection to Her Majesty,” an insider told PEOPLE.
However, baby Archie’s christening had some very important members of the royal family missing.
Baby Archie’s Royal Christening
The small gathering had around 25 close family members and friends present, including, Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, Prince Charles and his wife Camila along with Prince William and Kate Middleton. In addition, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Princess Diana’s sisters also attended the royal christening.
The official page for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted the family portrait of the royal family. The caption said, “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.”
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Furthermore, it said, “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.”
The post also shared that Archie was baptized in a “handmade replica of the royal christening gown” which has been used for the past 11 years in the royal family. The royal robe was made of “fine Honiton lace lined with white satin” which was first organized by Queen Victoria in 1841.
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Why Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were absent
The Queen has previously attended her great-grandchildren’s christening, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. However, she was absent at Prince Louis’s christening last year. The decision was “mutually agreed” on among the Queen, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, according to a source from the palace who told PEOPLE.
Moreover, Prince Philip does not attend many events, as he retired at the age of 98. Whereas Queen Elizabeth was unable to attend baby Archie’s christening due to her busy schedule throughout the week.
The Queen prepares for her summer Holiday
As the Buckingham Palace opens for visitors, the Queen also prepares for her annual break. She headed to Balmoral castle last year in July, and this time she plans on visiting her Scottish estate again.
However, Queen Elizabeth doesn’t stop working during her break. She reportedly reads her diplomatic papers that are delivered daily in “red boxes” along with continuing to hold public engagements and audiences.