Diana’s sisters appear in first images of baby Archie’s christening
Sisters of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, are seen smiling in a family photo at the christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby son.
Two images of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor were released following the private ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday, showing him in a handmade replica of the royal christening gown.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby baptised Archie using water from the River Jordan out of the silver Lily Font in accordance with royal tradition, a spokeswoman said.
A family photo inside the castle’s Green Drawing Room shows Harry and Meghan sitting with their child alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Standing behind them are the Prince of Wales, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, the Duke of Cambridge and the sisters of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale.
A second shot in black-and-white shows Meghan dressed in white gazing into Harry’s eyes as she cradles baby Archie – with the castle’s Rose Garden in the background.
Both images were taken by fashion photographer Chris Allerton, who took the wedding photographs of Harry and Meghan.
Archie’s gown is a handmade replica made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen.
It is a replica of the original robe commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841, which was made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, a spokeswoman said.
Many details about the christening, including the names of Archie’s godparents, are not being released.
Posting on Instagram, the Sussex Royal page said: “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.
“Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie.
“Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years.
“The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter.
“It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue.”