Baby Archie Harrison christening date CONFIRMED: When will baby Sussex be baptised?
All royal babies are baptised and Meghan and Harry’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is no exception. Baby Sussex was born on May 6, 2019, and is the couple’s first child. Now information has been released on when, where and how the littlest royal will be christened.
When will baby Sussex be baptised?
Archie Harrison will have his big day exactly two months after he was born, on Saturday, July 6 in the Queen’s private chapel in Windsor Castle, not St George’s Chapel as previously thought.
It is thought just 25 guests will attend the ceremony, with Harry and Meghan also choosing to keep it private, with no pictures for the press, unlike ceremonies for Kate and William’s children.
Official photographs will be released afterwards.
Exactly who the 25 guests will be, has not yet been announced, and who will take on the role of godparents for baby Archie is also not yet known.
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Choosing the inner sanctum of the Castle means that the public cannot see the ceremony like they could if it was held at St George’s Chapel.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex choosing to keep the ceremony private has sparked criticism from some, especially after the revelation that £2.4million of public funds was used to renovate their home, Frogmore Cottage.
Whilst all royal christenings are kept private, having the ceremony at a venue like St George’s Chapel would enable the public to catch a glimpse of guests arriving and leaving.
The decision to allow coverage of those arriving is still being debated, however, there will be official pictures released after the ceremony.
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Royal author Penny Juror has criticised the couple’s decision to keep the ceremony private calling it a “mistake” after they came under fire for spending the £2.4 million saying they ”can’t have it both ways.”
She told The Times: “They can’t have it both ways. Either they are totally private, pay for their own house and disappear out of view or play the game the way it is played.
“Seeing Archie and his godparents arriving at the christening is what people are interested in.”
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan added: “This baptism should be public or the public should get their £2.4million back.”
Royal correspondent Rebecca English tweeted that “pressure is on to allow at least one news organisation access to arrivals, as well as the couple’s chosen photographer.”
Frogmore Cottage was renovated to change five properties into a single residence for the Sussexes, and all fixtures and fittings were paid for privately by Meghan and Harry.
It is thought the couple installed a luxury kitchen and bathroom, and it has reportedly been designed by Harry and Meghan, with dining and entertaining in mind and with extra bedrooms for guests.
One frequent guest may be Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who lives in LA and no doubt will visit often to see her grandson.
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