Archie's Christening: Prince Charles Wears a Symbolic Flower Representing 'Undying Love'

Despite the christening being mostly covered in shrewd secrecy, official images released offered fans an insight into the historic ceremony. However, something other than 'gorgeous baby Archie' has captured admirers attention, and surprisingly, it has to do with grandfather, Prince Charles. 

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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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After a thrilling wait by fans, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, through their joint Instagram page released a post on Archie's Christening. They thanked members of the public for their support and revealed some details about the ceremony which was kept very private.

Alongside the statement were two photos from the event. The first featured Meghan, Harry, baby Archie, as well as, Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and a few others. It was from this image that fans noticed an interesting fact. 

Grandfather, Prince Charles had on a distinctive piece. The next in line to the British throne wore a Dianthus Devon Wizard to the top left button of his navy suit.

However, the more significant revelation is that he also wore the same flower to his grandchildren - Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis' christening respectively.

Prince of Wales and Camilla attend the christening of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace | Photo: Getty Images

Prince of Wales and Camilla attend the christening of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace | Photo: Getty Images

Howbeit, Charles didn't have the flower on at his eldest grandson, Prince George's christening.

This is believed to be because the flower may have been out of season as George's christening occurred October, while Charlotte, Louis and now, Archie had theirs in July. 

WHY THE DIANTHUS DEVON WIZARD? 

Although several speculations have been going around trying to explain the Prince's choice, the flower has been discovered to have a meaning which is related to the occasion.

Prince Charles at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Charles at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte | Photo: Getty Images

While speaking to HELLO!, the florist who was in charge of Pippa Middleton and the Countess of Wessex's wedding, Lavender Green Flowers said:

"Dianthus is believed to have derived from the Greek words 'dios' meaning God and 'anthos' meaning flower – translating as God's or Divine Flower."

The London based florist also described the piece as "flower for maternal and undying love."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle | Photo: Getty Images

This would seem like the perfect explanation for Prince Charles' decision to wear the piece, but it doesn't seem like the royal would be willing to confirm the guesses anytime soon.
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