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Archie goes public for the camera at a very private royal christening

Archie goes public for the camera at a very private royal christening. Photo by Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal)
Archie goes public for the camera at a very private royal christening. Photo by Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal)
In this official christening photograph supplied by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose with their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor with the Rose Garden in the background at Windsor Castle on July 06, 2019 in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal)

Penny Marsh

The British royal circus was in curious mode yesterday, as Meghan and Harry celebrated the christening of their baby son yesterday - in the full glare of privacy.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in a private chapel by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, in front of just close friends and family of Harry and Meghan. The Archbishop baptised Archie using water from the River Jordan.

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Queen Elizabeth was unable to attend because of a prior engagement.

Two images of the royal baby were released following the ceremony, showing him in a hand-made replica of the royal christening gown.

A family photo inside the castle's Green Drawing Room shows Harry and Meghan sitting with their child alongside Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. Standing behind them are Charles, Prince of Wales; Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland; the sisters of the late Princess Diana, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale; and William, Duke of Cambridge.

A second black-and-white picture shows Meghan dressed in white as she cradles baby Archie - with the castle's Rose Garden in the background.

Both images were taken by fashion photographer Chris Allerton, who took the wedding photographs of Harry and Meghan.

Archie's gown is a hand-made replica made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen. It is a replica of the original robe commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841, which was made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, a spokeswoman said.

Many details about the christening, including the names of Archie's godparents, are not being released. Meghan and Harry have faced criticism for declining to reveal the names of Archie's godparents, and not giving the public a glimpse of the event - though that didn't stop well-wishers coming to Windsor with Union Jack flags, banners and cakes to mark the occasion.

The couple's decision sparked controversy because of the recent revelation that their Windsor home was renovated with €2.8m of British taxpayers' money.

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