Bundle of joy: Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (right), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8. (AFP/Dominic Lipinski)
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the two-month-old son of Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, was christened on Saturday, in a small private ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The ceremony was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in the castle’s Private Chapel, Buckingham Palace said.
In accordance with royal tradition, the Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were used during the christening, and Archie, who was born on May 6, wore the handmade replica of the royal christening robe.
On their official Instagram page, Harry and Meghan, known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, shared two official photographs of the occasion taken in the Green Drawing Room and the Rose Garden at Windsor Castle.
One family portrait included Harry’s father, Prince Charles, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland as well as Harry’s older brother Prince William and his wife, Kate. Harry and William’s maternal aunts, Sarah McCorquodale and Jane Fellowes, also posed for the picture.
A second black and white photograph showed Archie in his parents’ arms in the Rose Garden.
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
Buckingham Palace has not disclosed who Archie’s godparents are.
Several newspapers have carried reports criticizing Harry and Meghan for accepting public funds for their wedding and for renovations for their new house but denying the public a view of the baby and his parents arriving at the ceremony.
William and Kate organized media facilities for the christenings of their three children, in which arrivals at the church were filmed.
Royal fans gathered near Windsor castle on Saturday, some with banners and flags, despite the well-publicized private nature of the occasion.
“I think it’s very hurtful to the fans, very, very hurtful,” said Anne Taley, 63, from Cardiff. “We’ve had the fingers, we’ve had the toes. When are we ever going to see the baby?” she added referring to previous discreet pictures posted by the royal couple.
Cheryl Bolson, 53, from Southampton, said she accepted the christening was a private, family event but added: “It would be nice if they were to come out afterwards and just maybe show the public that the baby’s been christened.”
Harry and Meghan married at Windsor Castle, west of London, last year. Archie is seventh-in-line to the British throne.