Queen Elizabeth to Reportedly Skip Little Archie's Christening Later This Summer

Master Archie Harrison, the newborn son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is to be christened in July. However, his great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, will be absent from the ceremony due to some of her other engagements.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are expected to christen their first child and son, Archie Harrison, next month. The event is sure to draw a long list of senior royal invitees.

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What an incredibly special surprise the grassroots led #globalsussexbabyshower was last Sunday! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are immensely grateful for the outpouring of love and support in anticipation of the birth of their first child. In lieu of sending gifts, the couple have long planned to encourage members of the public to make donations to select charities for children and parents in need. If you already made a donation, the couple send you their greatest thanks. If you are thinking about it, they ask that you kindly consider the following organisations they’ve selected, which we will highlight here over the next few days: @thelunchboxfund @littlevillagehq @wellchild @baby2baby The Duke and Duchess remain appreciative for your warm wishes and kindness during this especially happy time in their lives! Thank you for sharing the love ❤️

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However, the most royal of them all, the Queen herself, would be missing on the day of the christening due to her already having prescheduled duties.

THE QUEEN’S ABSENCE EXPLAINED

The Palace has explained that the Queen would be unavoidably absent on the day of the ceremony due to her having prior commitments.

It is not the first time the Queen would be missing the christening of one of her great-grandchildren, as she was also absent at Prince Louis’ christening last year.

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Today The Duke of Sussex attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace alongside Her Majesty The Queen and other Members of The Royal Family. The Queen hosts Garden Parties as a means of recognizing guests for the good work they are doing in their communities, a tradition steeped in history and dating back to the 1860s during Queen Victoria’s reign. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended their first official Garden Party as a couple last May at Buckingham Palace just days after their wedding, in celebration of The Prince of Wales’ charity work, patronages and military affiliations. Today, The Duke of Sussex met with several guests including those that he and The Duchess extended a personal invitation to based on their extensive work in the community. His Royal Highness met with a representative of @africanparksnetwork (of which he is President), a mental health consultant for @weareinvictusgames and countless others who are leading by example with high impact cause driven work. The Duke also greeted several representatives of The Duchess’ patronages on her behalf, as she is on maternity leave and was unable to attend. These include members from @themayhew @thenationaltheatre and @smartworkscharity as well as The Association of Commonwealth Universities. Amongst the 8,000 people attending today were Members of the Armed Services, Ambassadors as well as those who have made a positive impact through the arts, charity work and volunteering. Thank you to volunteers, staff and all of those who dedicate their time and energy to working towards the collective good. We appreciate all that you do 👏

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MEGHAN’S MOM COULD MAKE UP FOR THE QUEEN’S ABSENCE

Though the Queen will not be attending, Meghan Markle’s mom Doria Ragland will be in attendance. Doria and her daughter share a special bond and she has been living with her and Harry in the aftermath of Archie’s birth, to help out.

She only recently moved back to the US but would have to fly back to the UK for the ceremony. Her presence is sure to reduce the effect the Queen’s absence would have. 

 MORE ON THE CHRISTENING CEREMONY

St. George’s Chapel, venue of many royal weddings, will also host Archie’s christening ceremony. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Dean of Windsor, David Conner will take charge of the ceremony’s religious rites and rituals.

Archie will be expected to wear the christening gown worn by his royal cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. The gown, though modern, has a historical background, dating back to the middle of the nineteenth century.

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe - from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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The new gown replicates the dress commissioned by Queen Victoria for her firstborn child, Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa. Special Guests expected to grace the occasion include Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Prince William and his wife, Kate, who would likely come with their three children.

All roads would lead to St. George’s Chapel next month. The Christening is sure to be a wonderful celebration. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Baby Archie on their soon to be special day. 

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