It’s official. Ish. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will christen their son, Archie, in the private chapel of Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 6. And to do that, they opted for “an intimate, peaceful setting in a place with such a special connection to Her Majesty.” So what better place than The Queen’s private chapel at Windsor Castle?
St George’s Chapel, the larger chapel at Windsor Castle, is where Meghan and Harry got married, and also happens to be where Harry was christened in 1984. But the Queen’s private chapel is a different story. According to People, it was built for Queen Victoria in the 1840s but was destroyed by a fire in 1992. By 1994, it was built back up and modernized. “This is a beautiful milestone and they are excited to share it as a family first and then with the world,” a royal source told People. The mag reports the event won’t be grand, but, rather, a small gathering of about 25 close family members and friends. It comes exactly two months after he was born. And the Daily Mail reports that Her Maj will not attend Archie’s christening so perhaps this is Meghan and Harry’s way of including her without actually including her.
Striving for a more private life
The Daily Mail added that Harry and Meghan are maintaining their stance on keeping Archie’s life as private as possible but while the couple are keeping media away from the chapel, People clarified that photos from the christening will be released the following day — likely in an official capacity but also on the Sussexes’ Instagram page. Royal christenings are almost always private affairs, with invitations extending only to close family and friends, and the chosen godparents. If reporters are allowed outside the venue, that’s up to the royals in question. Harry and Meghan? They want to keep it as low-key and private as possible. Nothing wrong with that.
Perhaps the couple will change their mind and allow media to cover arrivals to the chapel. But if they don’t, no one can or should fault them. Until they gift the world with christening pics and new pics of Archie in general, we’ll just have to make do with their latest Instagram offerings.
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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball #LondonSeries, in support of @WeAreInvictusGames. Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. The @WeAreInvictusGames, of which His Royal Highness is Founding Patron, has been selected as charity partner for the @MLB 2019 series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ – it embodies the fighting spirit of the competitors. As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s #Softball60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport. On this #ArmedForcesDay, tonight’s event was also a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to shine a light on the men and women here in the UK and around the world who have sacrificed so much for their country. Discover more about the Invictus Games Foundation through the link in our bio. Photo credit: PA
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As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach to shine a light on the accounts that are working towards positive change, for the month of July we turn our attention to the environment. There is a ticking clock to protect our planet – with climate change, the deterioration of our natural resources, endangerment of sacred wildlife, the impact of plastics and microplastics, and fossil fuel emissions, we are jeopardizing this beautiful place we call home – for ourselves and for future generations. Let’s save it. Let’s do our part. Quote from The Duke of Sussex: “Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth. So deeply ingrained is this thinking that it has been considered part of the natural order that humankind’s development comes at the expense of our planet. Only now are we starting to notice and understand the damage that we’ve been causing. With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.” *********************************************************** Please visit the accounts we are following this month for more details on how you can make great change and help save our planet. We can only do this together, and every little bit helps. 🌏 All photos included are from the above accounts
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Happy Canada Day! Heureuse Fête du Canada! 🇨🇦 🍁 Canada is a very special place for both The Duke and Duchess. The Duke has been fortunate to visit the country several times throughout his life, including as a young child and most recently for the Invictus Games in 2017, where the now Duchess joined him to lend her support. The Duchess lived and worked in Toronto for many years and also spoke at the One Young World Summit held in Ottawa. Earlier this year Their Royal Highnesses attended an event at Canada House in London to mark Commonwealth Day where they had the chance to meet many young Canadians doing great work here in the UK and around the world. Their Royal Highnesses have always been touched by the warmth, friendliness and hospitality of the Canadian people. They hope to be able to visit again as a family, and they send their great thanks to all of the kind Canadians who have sent such special gifts for Archie! We hope you enjoy celebrating Canada Day with your family and friends!