Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s baby Archie Harrison is expected to be christened in the coming months, following in the footsteps of his royal cousins Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and one-year-old Prince Louis. But it appears one crucial members of the Royal Family may not be there. Per The Sunday Times, the Queen will be absent due to prior commitments.
No details of the little boy’s big day have been released yet by the palace, but it’s in royal tradition to follow the birth with a baptism a few months later. Her Majesty attended the christenings of George, Charlotte and Louis in 2013, 2015 and 2018, respectively. It’s likely she’ll be disappointed to miss Archie’s important day.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will probably choose to have their first born baptized at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the couple said “I do” in May 2018. It’s also very close to their home of Frogmore Cottage, where they’ve created the perfect family home in their second year of marriage. Perhaps it will be a nice homage to Harry’s history – the duke was baptized at St. George’s, too, in 1984.
The monarch may not be there, but Archie’s christening is guaranteed to bring out many other members of senior royalty. Proud grandparents Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will likely be there, along with Prince William and Duchess Kate. It would be no surprise if royal watchers spotted Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, there, too. After all, Archie is her first grandchild!
Just like the Cambridge kids, the one month old is likely to don the very same Honiton lace and silk-satin christening gown. A replica of the one originally made in 1841, the garment was worn by over 60 royal babies – including the Duke of Cambridge and Her Majesty herself! Decidedly too delicate to continue wearing, the replica was crafted in 2004 to preserve the royal heirloom.