The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released two official photos of the christening of their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Baby Archie was christened at Windsor Castle’s private chapel today and the was service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Harry and Meghan broke from royal tradition by keeping the ceremony private. However they have now treated us with official pictures from the day.
The photos were taken by the couple’s personal photographer Chris Allerton in the castle’s Green Drawing Room, the same venue as Harry and Meghan’s wedding photos.
Chris Allerton said: “I am honoured to take the official photographs at the christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and to once again, be part of such a special and joyous occasion for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
In one group shot, Archie is photographed in his mom’s arms alongside The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, Lady Jane Fellowes, the Prince of Wales, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
The other photo is a black and white one and shows Archie cradled in the arms of mum as doting dad Harry puts his arm around his little family.
The two-months-old baby boy is dressed in the Honiton christening gown that has been passed down the royal family for years.
For the occasion, mom Meghan opted for Dior, while auntie Kate is dressed in Stella McCartney.
Sharing the two adorable snaps, the palace said: “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 baptized 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.”
A spokesman for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to share the happiness of this day, and would like to thank everyone around the world for their ongoing support. They feel so fortunate to have enjoyed this special moment with family and Archie’s godparents.”