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Archie christening photos: Meghan Markle and Harry release pictures from ceremony | Royal | News

The pictures show Archie making his debut in the iconic christening gown worn by his royal ancestors, including his father Prince Harry. Buckingham Palace issued the snaps of the seventh-in-line to the throne being cradled by his parents Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, after details of the affair were closely guarded. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle earlier today, exactly two months after he was born.

By choosing the secluded venue, Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, made sure members of the public would not be able to catch a glimpse of the royal guests as they arrived for the service. 

The names of Archie’s godparents have also not been revealed and only 25 guests attended the exclusive event.

Since tying the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in May 2018, the couple have been known to break with tradition and do things their way. 

There had been speculation that the Sussex’s would opt for a non-traditional dress for Archie, with former royal butler Grant Harold suggesting Meghan could incorporate symbols of her American heritage into a new design. 

But the couple went for the stunning Honiton robe, which was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 before being replicated in recent years. 

Saturday’s christening, which the Queen missed due to a royal engagement, differs from the baptisms of the  Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children. 

William, 37, and Kate, 37, allowed coverage of the christenings of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, keeping only the religious ceremony private. 

Californian-born Meghan and Harry refused to publicly reveal the details around Archie’s birth and the duchess chose not to pose on the steps of the hospital hours after welcoming her son.

Archie was born at the American-owned private Portland Hospital in central London on May 6. 

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