Come July 6, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor will reach one of life’s first milestones: his christening.
According to multiple reports, the ceremony will occur on Saturday, July 6. As of now, the details are few and far between—but here’s what we know.
It Will Be a Private Event
Whereas the christenings of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children included a press presence, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will keep their son’s private. This falls in line with reports that the two plan to raise their child away from the spotlight as much as possible. Already, they chose not to publicize details around his birth and did not give him a royal title.
But the Public Still May Get a Glimpse
CNN reports that the couple is expected to share portraits of Archie after the event. In the past, they have done so through their Instagram, SussexRoyal, so make sure to check that social media space.
The event will take place at Windsor Castle. It’s a location close to home for the family: Their residence of Frogmore Cottage lies within the castle’s grounds.
Right now, the exact place is said to be a private chapel. However, it’s not clear whether that will be St. George’s, the grand site of their May 2018 wedding, or a more intimate locale within the castle.
The guest list is said to be around 25 people. Who can we expect in this small crowd? Family members like Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, as well as Markle’s mother Doria Ragland. The Queen, however, reportedly has prior commitment that day and will not be able to attend.
Royal children tend to have multiple godparents. Princess Charlotte, for example, has five, and Prince Louis has six. Who will be Archie’s? We won’t know until the official announcement—but, with Harry and Meghan’s star-studded inner circle, people are having fun guessing names like Amal Clooney and Serena Williams.
The Historic Artifacts
Like his cousins, Archie will be blessed over the Lily Font. The silver bowl has been used for every Windsor family baby since 1841.
His christening dress, however, will be newer. Up until 2004, the royal family used the Honiton christening gown, a white silk, and lace garment commissioned by Queen Victoria. In recent years, however, it was deemed to be too fragile, and a replica was made. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have all used this newer version, and Archie will too.
So royal watchers, gear up for July 6: More precious information is sure to be revealed.