The Royal family are preparing for a very special family gathering. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie will be christened next Saturday at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
It is the same chapel where his father Harry and uncle William were also baptised and also the one where his parents tied the knot.
However, fans won’t get to witness Archie Harrison’s christening after. His parents are staying true to their desire to raise him as a ‘private citizen’. It is understood that Harry and Meghan are planning the ceremony next weekend to be away from the public and the cameras.
According to HELLO!, Archie Harrison’s christening ceremony will take place on July 6 two days after the 4 July Independence Day holiday in the United States. On July 6, Archie will also turn two months old.
The service is expected to follow royal tradition, with the Archbishop of Canterbury baptising Archie using water from the River Jordan poured from a solid silver ewer over the Lily Font.
The baby boy is expected to wear a replica of the Honiton lace gown, like his cousins George, Charlotte and Louis. The original piece was commissioned by Queen Victoria for the christening of her first child Princess Victoria in 1841.
The Queen will miss the christening ceremony, because of prior commitment, with Charles and Camilla set to lead the party.
Uncle William, aunt Kate and grandmom Doria are also set to attend.
Rumoured godparents include Meghan’s friend Jessica Mulroney, American designer Misha Nonoo, and Harry’s school friends Alexander Gilkes and Jake Warren.
Other close friends in the running to be godparents include Harry’s mentor Mark Dyer, whose son Jasper was a pageboy at the royal wedding and Soho House director Markus Anderson, a close friend of the couple.
Like other recent royal christening ceremonies Archie’s will be private, but unlike those of the Cambridge children,
It is certainly a break from royal tradition with William and Kate allowing media access to all three of their children’s baptisms, keeping only the ceremony itself private. So, we won’t see any photos of the family on the day. Still, Harry and Meghan are expected to issue a photograph in the following days.