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Archie's christening: Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirm details

But Queen Elizabeth II is unlikely to attend the ceremony

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George's Hall on May 8, 2019, two days after his birth. AFP 
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in St George's Hall on May 8, 2019, two days after his birth. AFP 

Details of Archie Harrison's christening have been announced today. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have chosen St George’s Chapel for the christening, which is where the royal couple got married in May next year.

The christening will take place in July, and will give royal fans their first good look at the family of three since Harry and Meghan introduced baby Archie to the public on May 8. The exact date for Archie's christening is yet to be confirmed.

Since he was born on May 6, the couple have guarded their baby boy's privacy, sharing only a couple of photos of the tot, without showing his whole face.

In this image provided by SussexRoyal, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, show their new son to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. Prince Harry and Meghan have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. (Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, show their new son to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England. Courtesy Sussex Royal

Details of Archie's christening were first reported by The Sunday Times' Roya Nikkhah, who explained that it is unlikely Queen Elizabeth II, the baby boy's great-grandmother, will be able to attend the event.

"The Queen will miss the christening because of prior commitments. She attended the christenings of Prince George and Princess Charlotte but missed Prince Louis’s baptism last year," Nikkhah reported.

Royal traditions

The chosen venue, St George's Chapel in Windsor, will start a family tradition for the Sussexes. As well as being the location of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding in May 2018, it is also where Prince Harry was baptised in 1984 when he was three months old.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are seen with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, Britain May 8, 2019. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is set to be baptised in the same chapel as his father, Prince Harry, was in 1984. Reuters

That isn't the only tradition that will be maintained at the baptism. It is expected that Archie will wear the traditional Windsor christening gown, which is a replica of a Honiton lace gown Queen Victoria had made for the baptism of her eldest child, Princess Victoria, in 1841.

The original was worn by 62 royal babies at their christenings, including Princes William and Harry. However, in 2004 after the christening of Lady Louise Windsor, it was decided it was becoming too fragile. That year, the Queen had a copy made by dressmaker Angela Kelly.

The new gown has since been worn at the christenings of all three of the Cambridge children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: In this handout image released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis pose for an Official Portrait following the christening of Prince Louis taken on the grounds of Clarence House in St James's Palace on July 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by CAMERA PRESS/Matt Holyoak/The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge via Getty Images) [NO USE AFTER JULY 29TH 2018. NO FEE APPLIES. OBLIGATORY BYLINE: MATT HOLYOAK/CAMERA PRESS. FOR USE IN NEWS STORIES RELATING TO THE CHRISTENING OF PRINCE LOUIS OF CAMBRIDGE ONLY. NO USE IN CALENDARS, SOUVENIR ISSUES. NO MERHANDISING, PRINT SALES OR COMMERCIAL USE. MAGAZINE/SUPPLEMENT USE MUST BE APPROVED VIA CAMERA PRESS AGENCY AND KENSINGTON PALACE. IMAGE MUST NOT BE CROPPED, MANIPULATED OR ALTERED IN ANY WAY. IMAGES MUST BE REMOVED FROM ANY DIGITAL ARCHIVE ON JULY 29TH 2018.] PAID COMMERCIAL IMAGE FOR PUBLICITY PURPOSES - FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE.
The Duchess of Sussex poses in a portrait of Prince Louis following his christening at Clarence House, London in July 2018. Prince Louis wore a the replica of Queen Victoria had made in 1941. Matt Holyoak / Camera Press

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Updated: June 17, 2019 11:33 AM

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