Water Cooler Chat: from the Women’s World Cup final to the royal christening

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    In this Monday’s Water Cooler Chat, we cover everything from the Women’s World Cup final and Cori Gauff’s Wimbledon win to baby Archie’s royal christening – it’s been an eventful weekend.

    Cori Gauff’s historic Wimbledon win

    This year 15-year-old US player Cori Gauff, World number 313, has been the biggest Wimbledon talking point, surprising everyone with each victory.

    Friday evening saw ‘Coco’ defeat Polona Hercog in the third round of Wimbledon, soaring into the last 16.

    ‘I don’t know how to explain how I feel,’ she explained after her historic first round match, seeing her become the youngest player since 1991 to win in the first round of the ladies’ singles.

    ‘I never thought this would happen. I’m literally living my dream right now.’

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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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    Archie Harrison’s royal christening

    Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened on Saturday in St George’s Chapel on Saturday in an intimate and private ceremony.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury christened the newborn, and while their god parent choices have not been made public, the royal couple did release a series of official portraits.

    The first showed the Sussex family joined by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Doria Ragland and Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in the castle’s Green Drawing Room. And the second was a stunning black and white photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with baby Archie.

    A record-breaking Pride parade

    Hundreds of thousands took to the streets this weekend for the ‘biggest’ Pride to date, with a reported 1.5 million taking part in the events.

    Rainbow flags spread across London and the annual main parade kicked off at midday, moving from Marylebone to Westminster.

    ‘We must fight for the rights of all our community all year round,’ announced London Pride’s co-chairman, Alison Camps ahead of this year’s parade. ‘Our main aim is to ensure that everyone who comes to Pride in London has a safe space to celebrate, protest or mark the occasion however they wish.

    ‘We will not allow Pride to be used as a platform for hate and we encourage everyone to come out and join us so we can stand together against bigotry and hatred in all its forms.’

    USA’s Women’s World Cup win

    Sunday saw the final of FIFA’s Women’s World Cup, with United States emerging victorious, winning 2-0 against the Netherlands, with Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scoring.

    Sweden and England also played in a match to determine third and fourth place, with Sweden taking the bronze medal and England coming fourth.

    This year’s Women’s World Cup has set a new viewing record for women’s football.

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