MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry christened their first child yesterday in an intimate private ceremony. The pictures released by the couple showed the happy family beaming next to baby Archie, but royal christenings have not always been plain sailing, as at Queen Victoria’s in 1819, her mother reportedly broke down sobbing during the proceedings over a family row.
Archie Harrison: First photos released of royal christening
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s eight-week-old baby was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Windsor Castle yesterday, in front of an intimate group of just 25 friends and family. The couple shared pictures of the special day on their official Instagram, taken by photographer Chris Allerton in Windsor Castle’s Green Drawing Room and Rose Garden. The caption reads: “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.”
Featured in the family photo is baby Archie, Meghan and Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lad Jane Fellowes.
A royal communications spokesperson told the BBC Meghan and Harry were “overjoyed to share the happiness of this day” and feel so fortunate to have enjoyed this special moment with family and Archie’s godparents.
The christening seems to have gone without any issues, but royals christenings have not always been plain sailing.
Queen Victoria’s mother broke down sobbing during the christening over a family row (Image: GETTY)
The couple shared pictures of the special day on their official Instagram (Image: GETTY)
According to a 2013 report by The Guardian, at Queen Victoria’s baptism in 1819, there was a huge row over what she should have been called.
The report reads: “Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, had wanted to call her Georgiana Charlotte Augusta Alexandrina Victoria, but was overruled by a cantankerous Prince Regent, the future King Goerge IV.
“He dictated during the ceremony that she should be called Alexandrina Victoria instead in a tribute to the Russian Tsar Alexander I.
“The Duchess was left distraught and broke down sobbing during the proceedings.”
Queen Victoria was then actually named Alexandrina and as as a child was nicknamed Drina
However, she ruled as Victoria, which she is said to have preferred.
Prince Harry’s own christening was also filled with drama.
Baby archie was christened yesterday (Image: GETTY)
Queen Victoria’s name was actually Alexandrina (Image: GETTY)
According to 1992 biography “Diana: Her True Story”, which was written by author Andrew Morton in collaboration with Princess Diana, Charles ruined the now Duke of Sussex’s big day.
The Prince of Wales reportedly told Diana’s mother during the baptism that he was disappointed he didn’t get a baby girl.
Diana said: “Charles went to talk to my mother at Harry’s christening and said: ‘We were so disappointed.’
“‘We thought it would be a girl.’
“Mummy snapped his head off, saying: ‘You should realise how lucky you are to have a child that’s normal.'”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK