Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, seventh in row at the throne, was – finally – presented to the world during his baptism yesterday.
Exactly two months after he was born, he was pictured on the lap of his mother, the Duchess of Sussex, nestling in the shoulder of his father, the Duke of Sussex.
The image, photographed against the opulence of the green salon of Windsor Castle, was one of warmth and family pleasure.
Archie does not take an HRH title at the request of his parents, but he does enjoy all the attributes of a royal baptism.
This official baptismal photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie and (from left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Mrs. Doria Ragland, the sisters of Princess Diana Lady Jane Fellowes , Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle
Baby Archie's face is finally revealed! The astonishing snap shows the adorable royal, with the little boy being held by mother Meghan Markle. It is only the third photo of Archie Harrison and reveals a hint of ginger in the hair of two months old
He wore the cascading ivory Honiton lace and satin dress used for all royal baby's baptisms since the reign of Queen Victoria. The only one who wore Archie was a 2008 copy of the original from 1841 and was handmade by Angela Kelly, the queen's dressers.
The ceremony was performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, with the help of the silver plated Lily Font. Commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 for the birth of their first child, it was part of the crown jewels and was taken from the Tower of London for this occasion.
The water that filled the font was taken from the Jordan River. The short service took place in the Queen's private chapel in the Upper Ward or Windsor Chapel.
Since the arrival of Archie, the country has only had a stimulating glimpse of his feet and part of his face. But yesterday afternoon, his proud parents uploaded two photos to mark his baptism on their Instagram account.
A second shot in black and white shows Meghan dressed in white staring into Harry & # 39; s eyes as they rock baby Archie and her proud husband looks at their son. The Rose Garden of Windsor Castle can be seen in the background
Prince Harry's former nanny, Tiggy Legge Bourke, was one of 25 guests at the private event in Windsor today, which provoked speculation that she could be one of Archie's godparents
In the main photo, Archie is flanked by three of his proud grandparents, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan & # 39; s mother Doria Ragland. In the center of the image, the world can clearly see Archie's face for the first time and discover how much he resembles his father at the same age.
Archie's & uncle and aunt, the duke and duchess of Cambridge, are at the forefront of the shot with the duchess wearing a scene-stealing, coral-colored dress by Stella McCartney. The subdued pussy-bow bow distracts her attention from her skirt above the knee and the ruby red stiletto heels that match her fashionable satin headband.
The Duchess of Sussex today opted for custom-made Dior, reaching for white, the color she prefers.
Prince Harry and Meghan today paid homage to Archie's grandmother Diana by sitting on the same green and gold chair that was used for Harry's baptismal pictures. The picture shows Princess Diana with baby Harry on a single chair from the same set
The last two members of the formal Green Room line-up are in honor of Diana, Princess of Wales: it is her sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who see Harry as equal keepers of his mother's memory.
The very trendy headband from Kate
The Duchess of Cambridge has undergone a style overhaul over the past year, making more fashionable choices. And this is one of her most stylish looks to date.
The most striking transformation is her choice of headwear. Gone are those beloved, traditional pill boxes and fascinators, and instead of fashion & # 39; s most sought after accessory of the summer – a headband.
Kate wore a stylish pink headband for the official photo
Kate chose to wear this woven, padded Alice band, designed by Royal favorite Juliette Botterill Millinery, who also made hats for Princess Beatrice and Zara Tindall. Juliette's headbands cost in the region of £ 350, although Kate is thought to be a tailor-made design.
The duchess's departure from more traditional outfits is probably due to friend, stylist and former Vogue editor Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey.
Kate previously chose classic cuts in neutral tones, crowned with equally sensible accessories.
Here, however, she chose a bold pink Stella McCartney dress and a pair of red-pointed heels from L. K. Bennett.
The second baptismal photo of Meghan and Harry is the kind of artful black-and-white photo on which they built their Instagram empire of 8.8 million followers.
Taken in the Rose Garden in Windsor moments after the religious ceremony, it is the work of Chris Allerton, the former soldier who was also the couple's wedding photographer. The release of both photos marks a softening of the attitude of the duke and duchess, who had hoped to keep the details of the day private. They have chosen not to release the names of the godparents of Archie.
They made their way with their son from Frogmore Cottage, their home on the grounds of the Queen's Windsor estate, shortly before noon for the withheld ceremony.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall had arrived by helicopter for the Queen's Flight, while the Cambridges left Kensington Palace and powered themselves, William at the wheel and through the back gates of the castle. The queen wanted to attend but was on her way to an earlier engagement in Sandringham after a trip to Scotland, where she had celebrated the Holyrood week.
The Royals were accompanied by guests from the close circle of friends of the couple, including Harry and William & # 39; s former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke, Meghan & # 39; s old college friend Genevieve Hills and the great confidant of the duchess, fashion designer Misha Nonoo .
The choir of the Saint George chapel that sang at the wedding of Harry and Meghan, also sang at the baptism of Archie, and then the party, presumably around 25, celebrated with tea and part of the wedding cake of the wedding couple – made by the fashionable East London baker Claire Ptak – who was frozen and stored for the occasion.
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