Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 6, 2019, exactly two months after he was born on May 6, 2019. Like so many other things involving the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, some of the details were kept private. That means the public did not get to see little Archie arrive and leave the church with his parents and other guests. Neither did the people get to know who his godparents are. They are usually announced when royal babies are christened.
No cameras were allowed inside the ceremony. The royal family decided to use their own photographer Chris Allerton so they could have complete control over the photos that were shown on their Instagram page soon after the baptism was over. Allerton is the same photographer who captured the photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018 in Windsor Castle.
Royal baby christenings are traditionally private events. However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to let their baby's baptism be even more private than many of the other royal babies.
Baptisms are a requirement for all Windsor babies. The Queen is Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England and royal infants are usually welcomed into the Christian faith within weeks of their birth. Archie was christened around the same length of time as the birth of some of his cousins, a little earlier than some and a little later than others. Prince George was christened when he was three months old. Princess Charlotte was only nine weeks, and Prince Louis was 11 weeks old.
Not all royal babies are baptized at the same place. Prince Harry was baptized at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, December 21, 1984, when he was three months and six days old. Prince George was the first royal baby in modern times not to be baptized at Buckingham Palace, Instead, his parents chose the intimate Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in 2013.
The Christening Ceremony
The royal baby was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Queen's Private Chapel at Windsor Castle. The ceremony was a small one with only close friends and family members.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip did not attend because of previous commitments. Other royal family members who did attend included Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, attended her first grandchild's christening. She was also in the UK when Archie was born two months ago.
Archie's Christening Apparel
There is one tradition that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not deviate from. According to Express UK, Baby Archie wore the same lace gown that all of his cousins wore when they were baptized.
The history of the gown dates back to 1841 when Queen Victoria commissioned it for the baptism of her first child. It was available for royal babies to wear for 163 years. During that time, 62 royal babies wore the lace gown. Five of those babies became monarchs.
Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor was the last to wear the original gown before it was retired in 2004. Since then, royal babies have worn a replica dress just like the original lace gown. The replica was made by craftsmen from Britain and Italy.
There are speculations about who the godparents are, but no one will know for sure. Archie's parents decided to keep that part of his life private. One thing is certain. Since the baby is a boy, he must have a minimum of two male godfathers and a minimum of one female godmother. They are trying to give him as much of a normal life as possible.
Therefore, the godparents are honoring the wishes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and will not reveal their identity.
What's Next for the Family of Three?
An official announcement has been made that Prince Harry and Meghan are going to Africa when her maternity leave is over. No official word has been revealed whether they are taking Archie with them or not. More than likely they will take him.