Two official photographs from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby son Archie’s christening were released on Saturday; A black and white still of Prince Harry and Meghan holding Archie in the Rose Garden, and another of all those in attendance at the ceremony.
In a statement, Kensington Palace 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.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, christened Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in front of family and close friends of Harry and Meghan, in the private chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.
Like other royal babies, Archie wore the handmade replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen, during the ceremony.
Following royal tradition, the Lily Font, commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the baptism of their first child Victoria, Princess Royal, in 1841, was used, as was water from the River Jordan.
Among the royal guests was the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland also attended, as did the late Princess Diana’s sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. The Queen did not attend the christening due to a prior engagement.
The event has been criticised for being held without the press or public seeing any elements of the day and the decision not to reveal who Archie’s godparents are.