Royal baby Archie christened in private ceremony

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have again shunned royal tradition as their son Archie was christened in a private ceremony.

The ceremony for two-month old Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor took place in a private chapel at Windsor Castle.

It was overseen by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.


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There was a hint of royal tradition though with the Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were used during the christening, and Archie wore the handmade replica of the royal christening robe.

Despite reports of a brotherly rift, William and Kate were among the guests along with Prince Charles and Camilla.

But the Queen was a notable absentee due to a prior engagement.

No media was allowed at the event and the royal couple has only released two photographs.

The two pictures, released on their Instagram page, were taken in Windsor Castle’s Green Drawing Room and Rose Garden.

“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,” the post read.

“They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.”

One of the photos shows Harry and Meghan cradling young Archie, while the second is a family portrait which includes Prince Charles, William and Kate and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.

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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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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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