The cute story behind Archie’s christening gown

Baby Archie’s christening this weekend was a very private affair, with only a few members of the royal family attending (the Queen reportedly wasn’t able to make it, due to prior commitments).

Prince Harry and Meghan are still keeping Archie’s godparents a secret, however they did share a couple of lovely portraits from the day on their Instagram page.

One of them is a posed shot of the parents with their baby in Windsor castle, surrounded by Prince Diana’s sisters, Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, William and Kate and Charles and Camilla.

The second picture is a more candid black and white snap of the happy parents holding their sleeping son.

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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal

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We are also given a glimpse at the baby’s christening gown, which some of you might know, is a replica of the gown worn by several generations of royal babies before him. The reason he isn’t wearing the real one is that it’s sadly become too delicate with old age, so needs to be preserved.

They explained on Instagram, ‘Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue.’

What a lovely tradition.

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