Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have released new photos from the christening of their son, Archie.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was baptised earlier today [Saturday, July 6] in the private chapel at Windsor Castle, surrounded by family and close friends.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously announced that they would be keeping their son’s christening private, but would be releasing photos taken by Chris Allerton, who shot their wedding photos last year.
Now, their official Instagram account have shared the first photos to mark the special occasion.
The first shows the couple, as well as a number of close family members, in the drawing room where they had their wedding photos taken.
But it is the second picture that is truly heartwarming.
It shows Meghan cuddling Archie, as Prince Harry looks lovingly at the two of them.
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Alongside the beautiful photos, they said:
“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.”
According to the BBC, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the private ceremony – but were not thought to have brought their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
And while the Queen is said to have not attended the ceremony due to a previous engagement, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall both attended.
And Meghan’s mum, Doria Ragland, flew in from the United States to attend the special occasion.