Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, the first child of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, was baptized in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday, and official photos have just been released.
The pictures, posted on the Instagram account of the couple, show the face of the two-month-old boy for the first time since his birth. They are the work of fashion photographer Chris Allerton, who is also the author of the wedding photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018.
On one of the images shows the royal couple and their son sitting in Windsor Castle’s Green Drawing Room with Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall , Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and the sisters of Princess Diana, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.
This morning, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was baptized in the private chapel of Windsor Castle during an intimate ceremony presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, can we read in the post.
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,” the announcement read. “They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.”
Their son, Archie, was baptized in the replica of the baptismal dress that has served the royal children for the past 11 years. The original, made of Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria first held by her eldest daughter in 1841. The dress was then worn successively for generations, including by Queen Elizabeth II, her children and grandchildren until 2004, when she requested that ‘a replica is made by hand to preserve the fragile original piece and so that the tradition continues,’ we learned in the message.
The photos were published shortly after the end of the ceremony. Unlike the recent tradition followed by their predecessors, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tried to avoid the public pictures of baptismal witnesses on their arrival and departure. This decision on the part of Meghan and Harry not to make it public was very coldly welcomed by the British fans, whose taxes are used to pay their house and their way of life.