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Baby Archie’s Christening Date Has Been Announced and Here’s Why The Queen Won’t Be Attending

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Shortly after the world was given its first good look at the adorable Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, a total of six weeks after his birth, news broke that the new royal would be christened as soon as next month.

According to The Sunday Times, the baptism is slated to take place in early July, meaning we now know when Archie will make his next public appearance, the first since he made his debut at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle on May 8.

While it’s likely that the majority of the British royal family will be in attendance, the publication’s royal correspondent, Roya Nikkhah, has confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II will not be there.

“The Queen will miss the christening because of prior commitments,” Nikkhah explained. “She attended the christenings of Prince George and Princess Charlotte but missed Prince Louis’s baptism last year.”

With their decision to baptise Archie in July, it would seem that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have opted to follow royal protocol, which dictates a royal baby must be christened two-to-three months after their birth.

However, given that they are known to bend the rules, it will be interesting to see whether or not the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will follow royal protocol for the other baptismal traditions such as announcing their son’s godparents, selecting an Archbishop to conduct the ceremony, and sitting down for a family portrait.

In celebration of Father’s Day in the UK, we were treated to an intimate photo of Archie in Prince Harry’s arms. It was the perfect picture to tide us over until we get another glimpse of the new royal next month.

“Happy Father’s Day!” The post’s caption reads. “And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex!”

Originally published on Vogue Australia

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