Differences between Archie and Cousins George, Charlotte, and Louis' Royal Christenings

Baby Archie got christened on Saturday, and there are a lot of differences between his christening and that of his cousins, George, Charlotte, and Louis.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have always done things differently, and when it came to the christening of their son, Archie, they also chose a different path.

THE DIFFERENCES

The royal couple chose to have their son’s baptism at the private chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which is a different location from where Prince William and Kate Middleton, held the christening of their three children, Princes George and Louis, and Princess Charlotte.

The two Prince’s had their christening at the Chapel Royal of St. James Palace, while the Princess had her ceremony at the Sandringham Palace’s chapel.

The Christening Of Princess Charlotte Of Cambridge | Photo: Getty Images

The Christening Of Princess Charlotte Of Cambridge | Photo: Getty Images

Another thing that separates the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son’s ceremony is the absence of the Queen. Although she missed that of Louis, Her Majesty, attended that of Charles and Charlotte.

According to "People," the Queen could not make Archie’s ceremony because she had a pressing work schedule and could not get away.

THE SIMILARITIES

Despite the differences, there are also a lot of similarities between the four Royal children's christenings. First, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. Justin Welby, officiated the ceremony of the four Royals, and he even baptized Meghan before her wedding last May.

The four children equally wore the replica of the christening gown that Queen Victoria designed in 1841 for her eldest daughter and namesake. Also, just like his cousins, Archie’s ceremony was private with only close family and friends. 

Those in attendance include Doria Ragland, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, and Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes; the last two are Princess Diana’s sisters.

CELEBRATING A SPECIAL MOMENT

Archie got baptized with water from the river Jordan, and although his parents closed the ceremony to the press, they released two portrait pictures on their Instagram page.

In it, the royal couple thanked their family and the public for supporting them throughout the first months of their son’s life and sharing in their special moment.

Meghan and Harry wrote that they are fortunate to have enjoyed the day with their family members and Archie’s godparents, whose identities remained unknown.

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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. 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. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal

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The Duke and Duchess had only 25 guests present at the ceremony, and based on precedent, the guests usually give coin gifts to the baby getting christened.

Meghan wore a white Dior outfit to the christening, and the original of the gown worn by Archie is now a historical object.

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