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Royal baby Archie's christening is this weekend! Here's everything we know

We can’t wait to get another glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan’s little boy, Archie, all decked out in his lace christening gown! Here’s what you can expect from his big day.

By Jessica Pollack

Royal baby Archie's christening is this weekend! Here's everything we know

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After weeks of eager anticipation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first royal baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6. Weighing in at 7 lbs., 3 oz., their little bundle was lighter than his Cambridge cousins, who are sure to show him the royal ropes as he grows—but he’s set to mark his first rite of passage this summer at his christening, which will take place on July 6!

The world has only seen baby Archie twice since his birth. The first was when he was just two days old, nestled in the Duke of Sussex’s arms with the Duchess of Sussex by their side as they mused about their first few days as a family of three. “He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm,” Meghan said at the time (and after night two, no less!). We got another adorable glimpse on Father's Day, when the royal parents showed off their little bundle in a sweet snap with first-time dad Prince Harry.

His christening will be the next time we see the bouncing baby boy, and new details have finally been revealed by Buckingham Palace—from the location to the photographer. The biggest difference between Archie's day and that of his Cambridge cousins is that his will be completely private, meaning no photos of the royal family arriving at the chapel. But don't fret—we won't be left fully in the dark, as the Sussexes will release one or more photos in the following days.

Here’s everything we know about the little royal’s big day, when he’ll be christened into the Church of England just like his dad, in 1984, and his mom, who was baptized two months before their royal wedding. We’ll keep you updated as new details roll in!

When will Archie’s christening take place?

Members of the royal family usually christen their babies a few months after they’re born, and Prince Harry and Meghan are following suit. Archie, who was born on May 6, 2019, will be exactly two months old when he's baptized on July 6.

This is perfectly in line with the timelines of his Cambridge cousins. After welcoming Prince Louis on April 23, Prince William and Kate baptized their youngest two-and-a-half months later, on July 9. Princess Charlotte, whose birthday is just four days before Archie’s, was christened after two months on July 5, 2015. And the Cambridges’ eldest, Prince George, was born on July 22 and baptized on September 27, 2013, also falling in the two-month range.

Royal baby Archie's christening is this weekend! Here's everything we know Photo: Mario Testino/Getty Images

What will baby Archie wear to his baptism?

Just like all his royal cousins, the tiniest Sussex is expected to rock a replica of the royal family’s heirloom silk and Honiton lace christening gown. The original, made for Queen Victoria in 1841, was worn by 62 royal babies (including the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry!) before being retired in 2004.

While Harry and Meghan have been known to chart their own path, we’d be shocked to see them buck this tradition. We're also dying to see Archie in that heavily ruffled little gown! Just look at Prince George back in 2013:

prince george in his honiton lace christening gown Photo: John Stillwell - WPA Pool /Getty Images

One thing they'll have to keep in mind if the gown's a go is their infant's size. Back in 1990, Princess Eugenie was christened at 6 months and the gown was so tight that her parents couldn't zip it up, wrapping the baby in a shawl to hide the opening!

Where will the royal baby be christened?

There are plenty of reasons Prince Harry and Meghan have chosen to baptize their little guy at Windsor Castle, though they've selected the Queen's intimate private chapel instead of St George’s Chapel, where they said "I do" in 2018 and Prince Harry was christened in 1984. Still, it’s mere steps from their new Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, and the location is still a touching tribute to Harry's late mother, Princess Diana.

The Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in London, where Princes George and Louis were baptized, was considered another far-less-convenient option, but the couple opted to keep the festivities close to home (and, let's be honest, an unnecessary hour-long car ride with an infant? No thanks).

 
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Which royals can we expect to see at Archie’s baptism?

The Queen is reportedly missing her eighth great-grandchild's celebration due to a prior engagement, just as she did when Prince Louis was christened last summer, but a small group of  royals and friends will be on hand to welcome the baby into the Church of England. Among the less-than-25 people, we can expect grandpa Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, who will hop across the pond for more cuddles with her first grandchild (she spent a month with the Sussexes around Archie’s birth).

Just like Prince Harry and Meghan did last summer on Louis’ big day, Prince William and Kate are sure to be on hand to celebrate their new nephew, and we’re hoping they’ll bring their adorable brood!

Who will be the godparents?

The bets are on as to who will be named godparents of the Duke and Duchess's firstborn, and the timing is definitely serendipitous for one special friend: Serena Williams. The tennis ace, who is one of Meghan's nearest and dearest, happens to be in town for Wimbledon, so she's a shoo-in to attend and maybe even play a special role. The new mom's bestie, mother-of-three Jessica Mulroney, is also sure to fly over from Toronto for another visit with the little guy. Soho House director Markus Anderson, another close friend of the pair, is also considered to be in the running.

On the duke's side, his father's former equerry, Captain Mark Dyer, is topping lists—he's acted as a mentor for Harry and his son, Jasper, was a pageboy at the Sussexes' nuptials. Princess Diana's godson, Jake Warren, whose daughter Zalie was also a bridesmaid at the royal wedding, could also make the cut, along with Charlie Van Straubenzee, one of Harry's oldest friends. Don't expect a big announcement, though—the Sussexes are keeping the list of godparents private.

The royal family in an official photo for Prince Louis's christening Photo: Matt Holyoak

Will they pose for christening portraits?

The Sussexes will reportedly share at least one official christening portrait following Archie's special day, posing as a trio or with members of their extended family, and likely on their Instagram, @SussexRoyal. Like royal christenings before theirs (remember when Mario Testino snapped Princess Charlotte and fam?), the couple has chosen a professional photographer to shoot their big day: fashion and portrait photographer Chris Allerton.

The new parents delighted the world with a candid Instagram photo of the Queen and Prince Philip meeting baby Archie as Meghan's mom, Doria, looked on—so we're hoping for more behind-the-scenes magic after the christening, in addition to staged photos.

Check out the highlights from the most recent royal christening, Prince Louis' baptism last year:

Prince Louis’s sweetest moments from his christening

Laughing Louis

Surprise! On July 16, just hours after releasing the four official christening photos, William and Kate released one more picture—a sweet one of Louis laughing in his mom’s arms. “The Duke and Duchess hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do,” the couple said.” We sure do!

Prince Louis laughing while being held by Kate MiddletonPhoto: Matt Porteous

The whole family

On July 15, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released four official christening photos including this sweet one of the whole extended family. Look at George’s sweet grin!

The extended family smiling in an official photo for Prince Louis's christeningPhoto: Matt Holyoak

The royal siblings

This lovely photo is of just the royals and it’s quite clear Charlotte is besotted with her baby brother, as she gazes at him and holds his hand. And George is once again stealing the show with his cheeky smile!

The royal family in an official photo for Prince Louis's christeningPhoto: Matt Holyoak

Look who’s awake

Little Louis slept through his whole christening but he clearly woke up during the tea at Clarence House. This photo of mother and son was taken in the gardens.

Kate Middleton smiling down at Prince Louis in the gardens of Clarence HousePhoto: Matt Holyoak

Family portrait

The final photo is a lovely one of the new family of five. Clearly Kate is in love with her new baby. And look at Charlotte’s sweet pose. 

The Cambridge family at Prince Louis's christeningPhoto: Matt Holyoak

Hi, Louis

Prince Louis was sound asleep in his mom’s arms when he arrived to his christening at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace on July 9. This is the first time we’ve seen the 11-week-old prince since William and Kate released a sweet photo of him getting a kiss from his big sister Charlotte. He’s gotten so big and he looks so much like his mum.

Prince Louis sleeping at his christeningPhoto: Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP

Proud mum

The Duchess of Cambridge was beaming as she carried her son into the chapel. She was wearing a white Alexander McQueen dress with a Jane Taylor headpiece. She has chosen white or cream McQueen outfits for all of her children’s christenings which is such a lovely tradition. 

Kate Middleton smiling while holding a sleeping Prince LouisPhoto: Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP

Family of five

This is the very first photo we have of the Cambridges as a family of five—and it’s hilarious. Charlotte clearly means business, George may be plotting something (or he just ate a sour candy) and Kate is just hoping to make it through the next 40 minutes without incident. Oh, and Louis is sleeping through it all. Hey, Uncle Harry! 

The Cambridge family walking into Prince Louis's christeningPhoto: Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP

Mother and son

And Kate is still smiling. She clearly can’t contain her happiness. The Duchess described her son as “very relaxed and peaceful” and remarked “I hope he stays like this.” Can we also please admire her amazing headpiece? 

Kate Middleton smiling and looking down at a sleeping Prince LouisDominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP

The royal robe

Before entering the chapel, Catherine spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby who would be performing her son’s christening. You’ll notice Louis is in a gorgeous christening gown designed by Angela Kelly—the Queen’s dresser. The gown is a replica of the royal christening robe that was made in 1841 for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria. That gown was retired in 2008 in order to preserve it and all royal children since (including George and Charlotte) have worn this one.

Kate Middleton holding Prince Louis and talking to the Archbishop of CanterburyPhoto: Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP

A souvenir for Charlotte

Kate is stilll beaming at her little prince, but we can’t help but notice that Charlotte took a little something from her brother’s christening—the program! What a cutie. And George has his tongue out—he does make the funniest facial expressions. The family is headed back to Clarence House for a spot of tea and cake—seven-year-old cake, in fact. The Duke and Duchess are serving one of the tiers from their wedding cake to guests. Their wedding cake was a fruit cake which only gets better with age. I wonder how many more tiers William and Kate have stocked away for christenings—maybe one more for a fourth royal baby?

The Cambridge family leaving Prince Louis's christeningPhoto: Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP

Matching in blue

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were matching in blue—and they also matched their dad’s blue suit and tie. But it seemed like the 40-minute ceremony was a tad bit long for them as they came out looking a little bored. Hopefully the fruit cake can lift their spirits!

Prince George and Princess Charlotte leaving Prince Louis's ChristeningPhoto: Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP

Is it time for a nap yet?

It looks like Charlotte might need a nap—but she will never let go of her beloved program!

Princess Charlotte holding a program after Prince Louis's christeningPhoto: Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP

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This article was originally published on Jul 02, 2019
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