MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s baby Archie is being baptised today at Windsor Castle in what is the latest royal christening.
Archie will be christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in front of a small group of family and close friends. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are keeping the baptism private and details including the names of godparents will not be revealed.
Meghan and Harry will share selected photos from the day taken by their own photographer.
It comes after Prince William and Kate let the media record the royal family arriving for the christenings of their three children before holding private services.
Prince Louis’ baptism took place at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in 2018 when he was 11 weeks old.
Princess Charlotte was christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk, nine weeks after her birth in 2015.
Kate holding Prince Louis at his christening and the Queen’s baptism (Image: GETTY)
Meghan and Harry’s baby Archie is being baptised today (Image: GETTY)
The Cambridge family at Louis’ christening (Image: GETTY)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opened the paddock outside the churchyard to the public so they could share the happy occasion with them.
Prince George, who is third in line to the throne, was also baptised at the Chapel Royal when he was three months old.
Princess Eugenie was the first royal baby to have a public christening.
She was baptised during morning service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene just before Christmas in 1990.
Princess Charlotte was christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene (Image: GETTY)
Prince George was baptised at the Chapel Royal when he was three months old (Image: GETTY)
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s other daughter Princess Beatrice was baptised at the Chapel Royal in December 1988.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana had three-month-old Harry christened four days before Christmas in 1984 in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
And William was baptised at Buckingham Palace in 1982.
Snaps from the day show the adorable royal tot posing with his proud parents, the Queen, Prince Philip and the Queen Mother.
Princess Eugenie was the first royal baby to have a public christening (Image: GETTY)
Princess Beatrice was baptised at the Chapel Royal in December 1988 (Image: GETTY)
Charles was christened in 1948 and his godparents included King George VI, Queen Mary, Princess Margaret, the King of Norway and Prince George of Greece.
The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, was baptised in 1926.
According to tradition, the water used for Archie’s service will be holy water from the River Jordan.
Royal babies are also christened using the ornate silver gilt Lily Font – part of the Crown Jewels.
Prince Harry was christened four days before Christmas in 1984 (Image: GETTY)
Prince William was baptised at Buckingham Palace in 1982 (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles was christened in 1948 (Image: GETTY)
Meghan and Harry’s son is expected to be baptised in the royal christening gown.
It is a replica of the intricate lace and satin gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter and has been used for royal infants for the last 11 years, including George, Charlotte and Louis.
The original Honiton lace and white satin robe, which was created in 1841, was last used in 2004.
The Queen commissioned the handmade copy so the historic outfit, which had become too fragile to use, could be carefully preserved.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK