Royal fans celebrate Archie’s christening but private event disappoints many

Well-wishers have flocked to Windsor Castle to celebrate the christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby son, even though the event is taking place in private.

Some expressed disappointment that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a private chapel by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, in front of just close friends and family of Harry and Meghan.

Many details about the christening, including the names of Archie's godparents, are not being released.

Anne Daley, 63, a keen supporter of the royals for most of her life, travelled from Wales and arrived outside Windsor with her dog Camilla – who she had dressed in christening attire – at 5am on Saturday.

Ms Daley, who also had a cake with her she had baked to mark the occasion, told PA: "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.

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NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERICAL USE. NO MERCHANDISING, ADVERTISING, SOUVENIRS, MEMORABILIA or COLOURABLY SIMILAR. NOT FOR USE AFTER AFTER 31 DECEMBER, 2019 WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION FROM ROYAL COMMUNICATIONS. NO CROPPING. Copyright in this photograph is vested in The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Publications are asked to credit the photographs to Chris Allerton. No charge should be made for the supply, release or publication of the photograph. The photograph must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified in any manner or form and must include all of the individuals in the photograph when published. This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie and (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Royal fans, John Loughrey and Ann Daley, celebrate the christening by a opening a champagne bottle on the day that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex, was christened on July 06, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal superfan John Loughrey outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Camilla the dog outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
A cake from a royal well-wisher outside Windsor Castle in celebration of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal superfan John Loughrey, with company from Camilla the dog, prepares flags and posters outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Visitors take pictures as the Changing of the Guard takes place outside Windsor Castle in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the castle's intimate private chapel. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Anne Daley dresses her dog Camilla in christening attire along with balloons in celebration ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, in the intimate private chapel at Windsor Castle. RESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 6, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Christening. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Royal fan John Loughrey, 64, camped out in Windsor ahead of the royal christening of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son, Archie, at Windsor Castle tomorrow.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Union Jack bunting in Windsor on the day that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex, was christened on July 06, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Royal fans celebrate the christening on the day that Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex, was christened on July 06, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Luke Dray/Getty Images)
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"One minute they want to be royals, the next they don't.

"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.

"Harry wants it both ways. They've been ill-advised. The general public can't work this out."

Jon Loughrey, 64, who said he became a royal fan following the death of Diana in 1997, also expressed his disappointment.

He said: "I accept that it's a private ceremony in a private chapel, but the late Princess Diana would have wanted Prince Harry to be more with the people.

"We think highly of them and don't want them to be isolated.

"They're all loved and have a lovely family. We're very proud. But we miss Harry the golden boy. I pray for them every day."

Archie, who was born in May, will wear the handmade replica of the royal christening robe, made by the Queen's dressmaker Angela Kelly, during the ceremony.

The Lily Font, commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the baptism of their first child Victoria, Princess Royal, in 1841, will be used, as will water from the River Jordan.

It is believed the Queen will not be attending the christening because of a prior engagement.

But other senior royals including the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be present.

Meghan's mother Doria Ragland will also attend.

The couple have once again turned to fashion photographer Chris Allerton, who took their wedding photographs, to capture the moment.

Mr Allerton will take the official christening photos in Windsor Castle's green drawing room and the pictures will be released later in the day, Buckingham Palace has said.

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