Harry and Meghan take baby Archie on first royal tour

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be taking four month-old Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on his first official royal tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be taking the young royal with them on their 10-day trip to South Africa.

Baby Archie will therefore become one of the youngest Royals to take part in an official visit.

There is a long history of the royal family taking their young children with them on overseas trips, which are working visits on behalf of the British Government but still offer opportunities to relax and enjoy the new surroundings.

Prince George was only nine months when he joined his parents William and Kate for their first joint trip to Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

Although Archie has not been included in Harry and Meghan’s official schedule for South Africa, the couple hope to publicly introduce him to Africa at some point.

Their baby was born on May 6 at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz, at London’s exclusive Portland hospital, and soon afterwards Harry said he already could not imagine life without his son.

The royal baby’s first, and so far only, official public event was staged a few days after his birth when his proud parents posed with him in Windsor Castle before introducing him to the Queen.

Archie’s christening was a private family event exactly two months after the birth, with the official pictures showing his immediate family surrounding him.

He was last seen in the arms of Meghan at Billingbear Polo Club in Wokingham in July, as Harry and William played in a match, a few days after his baptism.

From Monday, the 18-week-old will experience a new continent as he begins his life as a travelling royal.

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