Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was born on May 6. The couple have fiercely protective their son’s privacy since his birth, only showing him to the world two days after his birth, breaking the precedent set by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge who revealed their newborns just hours after they had been born, and releasing only a few pictures via their social media account. But next month, royal fans will be delighted to learn that they will get a chance to see the royal baby Sussex in July for his christening.
Yesterday alongside an adorable Father’s Day snap featuring new dad Prince Harry and baby Archie, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed that they will christen Archie next month.
The event is set to bring all the spoils and trimmings of a traditional royal event.
What do we know so far?
Although not a lot of information was shared pertaining to the date and time of the ceremony and the godparents, the Sussex couple did share the attire, officiant and location of christening.
Archie will be only two months old, when his brow is doused with water from the River Jordan from the royal Lily Font.
It has been revealed Archie will wear the traditional Windsor garment for the day, a replica of the Honiton lace christening gown commissioned by Queen Victoria for the baptism of her first child, Princess Victoria, in 1841.
The original gown has been worn by 62 royal babies, including Harry and his brother William, but became too fragile so the Queen had a replica made.
The ceremony is expected to be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the Rev David Conner, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is clearly special to the Sussexes, now with the family on more than one special occasion, including the couple’s wedding.
Archie will be christened into the Anglican faith in St George’s Chapel, where Meghan and Harry were married.
It’s another special connection to the chapel for Archie’s parents, with Prince Harry baptised there aged three months in 1984, as well as his mum, Meghan, who was baptised shortly before the wedding.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby baptised Meghan and confirmed her into the Anglican faith two months before her wedding, which he officiated.
What is Meghan Markle’s history with religion?
Publicly, the Duchess of Sussex has never professed to any particular religion.
But, her father Thomas Markle Senior, is a member of the Episcopal Church of the United States and part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Her mother Doria Ragland is reportedly a member of the Protestant faith, according to the Daily Mail.
Meghan attended a Roman Catholic school and was previously married to Trevor Engelson, a Jewish film producer.
According to People, Meghan is spiritual and has professed to having faith to help her through difficult periods.
In advance of her royal wedding on May 19, last year, Meghan Markle was baptised into the Church of England, which is the royal family’s official religion.
Queen Elizabeth II is the official head of the Church of England church and, therefore, it is tradition for all of her family members, including baby Archie to be baptised into this religion too.
Meghan Marklet was baptised in a private ceremony held in March 2018, just as Kate Middleton was in 2011.
Although it is not required that individuals marrying into the royal family take this step, it is seen as a sign of respect to the Queen to do so.
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