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Just because we knew it was coming didn’t make it any less exciting. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan had their son, Archie’s christening on July 6, exactly two months after he was born. The gathering was only attended by close family members and friends and the couple managed to keep it intimate and private — just how they wanted. Harry and Meghan shared two portraits, as promised, on their Instagram page.

The first was a family pic that featured the Sussexes, of course, as well as Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, the sisters of Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana. The second photo was of Meghan, Archie and Harry, and the only way to describe the black-and-white shot is stunning. It was similar to other classic black-and-white shots photographer Chris Allerton has taken of the Sussexes, managing to capture the magic of a moment all while keeping it casually candid yet filled with so much love. Basically? Exquisite.

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“This is a beautiful milestone and they are excited to share it as a family first and then with the world,” the Sussexes’ caption read. “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.”

They added that the gown Archie was baptized in was a handmade replica of the original Royal Christening Robe, which all royal infants have worn over the last 11 years. “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.”

 

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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’s christening took place in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle. Harry was christened in the larger St George’s Chapel, which is also where he and Meghan were married. And two months before the couple’s wedding, Meghan was secretly baptized into the Church of England at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, presided over both Meghan and Archie’s baptisms, as well as officiated Harry and Meg’s wedding. While we still don’t know who the godparents are (and we might never know), we do love a good royal photo-op — especially if it involves Archie.