BABY ARCHIE is being christened in a private ceremony attended by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – but are Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis there?
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is receiving all the trappings of a royal baptism today attended by senior members of the Royal Family. The small service has been shrouded in secrecy in line with the wishes of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who have opted to keep the press and public away. Archie’s christening is being held in the Queen’s private chapel, Windsor Castle, which can only accommodate up to 30 guests. With space being so tight, Harry and Meghan will no doubt have had to be selective about which guests they want to be present.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are confirmed attendees, having been spotted making their way into Windsor Castle this morning.
Prince William was seen driving into the royal residence’s rear entrance with wife Kate sat next to him in the front.
There was no sign of Prince George, Princess Charlotte or Prince Louis so it looks like the three Cambridge children stayed at home.
The three youngsters are Archie’s first cousins.
Archie christening: Kate Middleton and Prince William with their three children (Image: Getty)
A helicopter was also seen arriving at Windsor Castle earlier.
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were believed to have been on board.
Despite royal fans struggling to gain any real glimpse of the comings and goings, some still chose to make the journey to Windsor to show their support.
Anne Daley, 63, travelled from Wales with her dog Camilla for the occasion, who she dressed in a special christening outfit.
Archie christening: Archie turns two months old on Saturday, July 6 (Image: Getty)
The royalist even got up 5am and baked a cake for the occasion.
She told Press Association she was “hurt” that the service was not public.
Ms Daley said: “We love everything about the royals. We’ve seen hands and feet, little fingers. But we’re very hurt. I pay a lot of tax for their civil duties.
“One minute they want to be royals, the next they don’t.
Archie christening: Royal fans John Loughrey and Anne Daley celebrate the day in Windsor (Image: Luke Dray/Getty)
Archie christening: The Cambridge family at Prince Louis’s christening (Image: Getty)
“That baby is Princess Diana’s grandson. We should be able to see the christening.
“They want to have their cake and eat it. A lot of people don’t like to see them hang around the fake celebrities. Forget Hollywood. They are royal.”
However Chris Imafidon, who was also outside Windsor Castle, said he understood the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s appeal for privacy.
He said: It’s fascinating, a great thing. You can’t have a public or private christening.
“A christening is a public event, but every mother wants to protect their baby especially because of the shadow looming over them.”
Pictures of the day will be taken by photographer Chris Allerton and released later on today, Buckingham Palace said.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK