Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Share Photos from Baby Archie's Christening
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their firstborn son into the Christian world and were very happy to share some photos of their family on that special occasion.
Fans of the Royal Family were treated to official palace photos during Baby Archie's baptism and were delighted to see his whole face for the very first time.
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Archie's Special Day
On their official Instagram account, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex described their son's baptism as a "special moment" surrounded by their closest family members, aside from Queen Elizabeth herself.
Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's first official photograph honored not just his baptism that day, but all of those who deserve a spot in his life.
For his special day, Archie, seventh-in-line to the throne, ore a replica of the Christening gown worn by other members of the Royal Family since the era of Queen Victoria.
Archie, who sat on Duchess Meghan's lap, stared blankly into the camera while surrounded by members of his family: Prince Harry himself, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother, was the sole representative of his maternal line.
Remembering Princess Diana
The presence of Diana, the Princess of Wales, was right smack in the photo when Prince Harry and Meghan invited her two sisters to join them on their son's special day. In fact, the same green chairs which Diana sat on for Prince Harry's own Christening are the same they used for this occasion.
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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
Behind the chairs stood Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, two of the three siblings of the late Princess Diana. Their striking presence hints the Duke's persistence to have his son brought up in the memory and values of his mother.
A Special Mother-and-Son Bond
This is not the first time Prince Harry tried to make everyone feel Princess Diana's presence in his milestones in life, as during his wedding, he made sure she was there in spirit.
A day before the wedding, Harry handpicked the flowers that were placed as part of Meghan's bridal bouquet. They were taken from their private garden at the Kensington Palace, to add to the bouquet first designed by Philippa Craddock.
Of course, the flower he chose was forget-me-nots, Diana's favorite flower.
Diana's three siblings, Earl Charles Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Lady Jane Fellowes were also in attendance at the special day. Lady Jane even gave a special reading during their wedding ceremony.
In a previous statement, Harry and Meghan sad that Lady Jane will be representing the Spencer family and help celebrate the memory of the Late Princess Diana at the same time.