Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle gathered with close family and friends on Saturday for a baptism of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The private ceremony happened within the private church at Windsor Castle and was to be attended by roughly 25 people, together with Prince William and Kate Middleton and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland.
Queen Elizabeth was not capable of attending due to a previous engagement
Though Harry and Meghan selected to maintain the christening private, they did provide a glimpse into the moment by releasing official christening photographs on Instagram following the ceremony.
The pictures have been captured by photographer Chris Allerton, who took the royal couple’s marriage ceremony footage in Might 2018.
“The Duchess and Duke of Sussex are so completely satisfied to share the enjoyment of this day with members of the general public who’ve been extremely supportive since the beginning of their son,” the post read. “They thank you to your kindness in welcoming their firstborn and celebrating this special moment.”
Archie was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, in line with a Royal Communications press release. A big silver-gilt font referred to as the Lily Font and water from the River Jordan had been used throughout the ceremony, as per custom.
Members of the St. George’s Chapel Choir performed.
Archie wore a handmade reproduction of a royal christening robe, a robe Queen Victoria commissioned in 1841 and which was first worn by her eldest daughter, according to Harry and Meghan’s Instagram post.
The unique robe, made with Honiton lace and lined with white satin, was worn at royal christenings for generations including ceremonies for the queen, her kids, and her grandchildren.
A replica of the robe was ordered in 2004 to protect the original one. The duplicate has been used for the last 11 years.
Harry and Meghan selected to stray barely from tradition by not revealing the names of Archie’s godparents. In an announcement this week, Buckingham Palace mentioned: “The godparents, in line with their needs, will stay private.”