Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be baptized on July 6 in a private ceremony in Windsor Castle’s Private Chapel, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will do the honours, a press release says. As for who will attend, we won’t know. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have opted to keep the guest list private. The names of the little boy’s godparents will also not be revealed, the Palace says.
We do know the Queen will not be there. The Sunday Times has previously reported Her Majesty will not be able to attend the event because she has other scheduled engagements. This isn’t unusual, since the Queen missed Prince Louis’s christening in 2018 for similar reasons, but attended those of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
As for images, since the event is private, that means media will not be allowed to capture photos of family members entering and leaving the chapel, as they had done with William and Kate’s three children.
But Harry and Meghan have opted to have one photographer capture the special moment, and the Palace says they “look forward to sharing some images taken on the day.” That likely means the couple will release photos themselves, probably on their Instagram, though they could also opt to release portraits through the Palace.
This isn’t without precedent. Instead of posing with Archie on the steps of the hospital where he was born, as William and Kate did with their kids, Harry and Meghan waited to days to debut him, which they did at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Chapel on May 8.
The couple have also already posted photos of their baby boy on Instagram, and did so to commemorate Father’s Day. They also shared his first snap with Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland, the Queen and Prince Philip on Instagram the same day they debuted their son to the world.