The Royal Christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex christened their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor today, Saturday 6 July.
In the photograph above you see the Duke, Duchess and Archie at Windsor Castle with the Rose Garden in the background. The official announcement about today’s ceremony was made by Buckingham Palace this afternoon followed by the release of two photos commemorating the event.
Below a photo from 1995 of the Queen’s private chapel after it was restored following the great fire in 1992.
Today’s formal photo was taken in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.
In the photo with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Archie you see, from left to right, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Ms. Doria Ragland (Meghan’s mother), Princess Diana’s sisters; Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Green Drawing room is the same room where Prince Harry’s christening photos were taken 35 years ago, as well as Harry and Meghan’s formal wedding photos.
From a Buckingham Palace statement: “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.”
The photos and information about the christening were released on the popular Sussex Royal Instagram page.
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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
The ceremonies were conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who appears to have struck up a close relationship with Meghan since he baptized and confirmed her into the Anglican faith two months before the Duke and Duchess’ wedding. The Most Reverend Welby also presided at the couple’s wedding in May 2018.
Sticking to Windsor tradition, Archie is clad in a replica of the Honiton lace christening gown commissioned by Queen Victoria for the baptism of her first child, Princess Victoria, in 1841.
Below, Princess Diana holding three-month-old Prince Harry wearing the original Honiton gown for his christening, 21 December 1984.
The original gown, which has been worn by 62 royal babies, including Harry and his brother William, was deemed by the Queen to have become too fragile so a replica was made. The replica has been worn for royal christenings since 2008.
As mentioned in our previous post, the Royal’s traditional Lily Font was used for today’s event. The piece has been used for Royal christenings since 1841.
The photographer for today’s joyous occasion was Chris Allerton, who took photos at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, including the photo used for the couple’s Christmas Card. Additional candid wedding photos by Mr. Allerton were released this past May to commemorate the couple’s one year wedding anniversary.
It seems the couple has developed a good relationship with Mr. Allerton. The photographer also took the historic photograph of the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Doria Ragland, and Harry and Meghan with Archie back in May.
From Town and Country, Mr. Allerton had this to say about taking the photos for the special day:
“I am honoured to take the official photographs at the christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and to once again, be part of such a special and joyous occasion for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” he said in a statement.
In keeping with The Duke and Duchess’ wishes, the godparents will remain private.
Also at the christening, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, Harry and William’s former nanny who was seen arriving at Windsor Castle. Meghan’s university friends, Lindsay Roth and Genevieve Hillis, who accompanied the Duchess to Wimbledon Thursday, were also reported to have been in attendance.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a bespoke dress by Dior.
The creamy white frock featured a round neckline and three-quarter sleeves. We still have not identified who designed her hat.
The Duchess brought back the Cartier Diamond Galanterie earrings first worn at her May 2018 wedding.
We are still looking for information on what Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, wore for today’s ceremony. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress by Stella McCartney and hatband by Juliette Botterill. You can read more about her ensemble over on our sister-site What Kate Wore.