What will Archie Harrison’s christening have in common with other royal babies?

By Meaghan Wray

Prince Harry and Meghan’s baby boy is only two months old, but he already has a lot in common with his royal cousins, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and one-year-old Prince Louis.

Archie Harrison is following in the Cambridge kids’ footsteps by having a baptism months after his birth. And the event will include many of the same traditions as royal babies of the past.

Here’s how his christening will take after those of George, Charlotte and Louis...

He’ll wear the same gown

Archie will be christened in a replica Honiton gown, crafted by Angela Kelly, Her Majesty’s own dressmaker. The replica was created in 2004 after the original – which was worn for 163 years by 62 royal babies – was deemed to fragile to use. Louis, Charlotte and George have all worn the replica, too.

Justin Welby has been on hand for many royal occasions. Photo: © Getty Images

The Archbishop of Canterbury will christen him

Justin Welby, the leader of the Church of England, has been lucky enough to be part of many historic moments in the monarchy, including many royal baby christenings. He officiated the Cambridge kids’ baptisms, and he’ll do the same for Archie.

The same holy water will be used

The River Jordan is believed to have been the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, and it will also be used to christen Archie. In 2018, Prince William picked up some water himself for Prince Louis’s christening while visiting Jordan, while it was transported by the Jordanian royal court for Charlotte.

The water will be kept in the historic Lily Font

The Lily Font is an ornate golden gilt which holds the holy water for the christening. It was originally commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert back in 1840 for the baptism of their first child, Victoria, Princess Royal. It’s currently on exhibit as part of the crown jewels at the Tower of London.

The Lily Font is a royal treasure dating back to 1840. Photo: © Getty Images

A family portrait will be released following his christening

While the Sussexes have banned members of the press from taking photos of the christening, it’s believed Meghan and Harry will release their own chosen images on their official Instagram in the following days. Buckingham Palace confirmed this earlier in the week.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton,” the palace said in a statement.

Guests will have a bite of Meghan and Harry’s wedding cake

It’s tradition that pieces of the parents’ wedding cake are to be distributed to guests at the christening. As many royal watchers will recall, the new parents had a lemon elderflower cake topped with buttercream and fresh flowers at their 2018 wedding. It was handcrafted by chef Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery in London.

Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake was lemon elderflower. Photo: © Getty Images

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