The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared two adorable snaps of baby Archie, following his christening.
Even though they decided to keep details of ceremony private, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle still gave fans a little glimpse of the special day with two new snaps of their baby boy. The adorable pictures were shared on their official Instagram page, with the caption: ‘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,’ they continued, though the details of Archie’s official godparents were not released.
‘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,’ they added. ‘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.’
According to the Sunday Times, the couple decided to keep the ceremony private, as they’re trying to raise Archie as a ‘private citizen’ and this is ‘more precious’ to Harry than most other royals.
A source told the publication: ‘As Archie is not an HRH he feels he has every right to strictly police his son’s privacy.’
The little one was christened in the same outfit his three cousins – George, Charlotte and Louis – wore, as well as his dad Harry and uncle William.
In fact, the outfit is the reason why royal babies are christened so young. Royal commentator Camilla Tominey explained to the Express: ‘That Honiton lace christening gown that has been worn by all royal children.
‘It’s actually a replica of the original dress that Queen Victoria’s children were christened in.
‘But it is the same fit and that is why royal babies will tend to get christened sooner rather than later – otherwise they get a little bit too big to fit in the thing.’