The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced the world to their first born son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, early last month following his birth on 6 May – and of course, the nation has been obsessed with the little man ever since.
While we’ve only caught two tiny glimpses of baby Archie – the first time being when Meghan and Prince Harry showed him off days after he was born and the second via an adorable picture with his dad shared on the @sussexroyal Instagram account on Father’s Day – we’ve now got some brand new information, in the form of details about his christening.
HELLO! reports that the event will take place in the private chapel inside Windsor Castle on 6 July, exactly two months after his birth, and unlike the celebrations of his cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Archie’s christening will be a private affair, meaning that we’re not likely to get any images of the family on the day.
Instead, it is expected that Prince Harry and Meghan will release a picture to the public after the occasion, probably through their @sussexroyal Instagram account, where they’ve shared all of the updates about their son so far.
Speculation was previously rife that the christening would take place on 4 July, or Independence Day in the US, as a nod to Meghan’s home country, but although that’s now proved to be incorrect, there will still be several American guests in attendance.
Serena Williams [a close friend of Meghan’s, who hosted her baby shower] is already in the UK for Wimbledon, and Meghan’s mother Doria Raglan is set to fly in too.
In addition to Prince Harry’s immediate family, including Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the christening reportedly will be an intimate affair, with just 25 people.
It’s thought that other elements of the affair will follow royal tradition, including Archie wearing the same replica Honiton gown worn by his cousins when they were baptised, and the Archbishop of Canterbury performing the service.