Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened on July 6 in a small ceremony at Windsor Castle’s private chapel.
Many details about the baptism have been kept private, including who Archie’s godparents are.
However, once the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released the official portraits of the special event, we were able to gather more details about the big day. Here are all the major highlights you may have missed:
Archie’s gown has a very special connection to his cousins
It was confirmed that little Archie wore the same outfit his cousins – Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis – wore for their christenings. The gown is a replica of the 1841 christening robe worn by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s first child, Victoria.
Meghan Markle wore a white Dior dress. The Duchess of Sussex beamed with pride while wearing a lovely long-sleeved Dior dress with a matching hat.
Princess Diana’s sisters were there
Lady Jane Fellowes (L) and Lady Sarah McCorquodale (R), stood in between Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland and their nephew Prince William. They were among the first people to learn about Archie’s birth, according to his birth announcement.
This photo was taken in the Rose Garden
The second portrait released was taken at Windsor Castle with the Rose Garden in the background. The area is filled with incredibly vibrant and fragrant flowers.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were not in attendance
The guest list for the private ceremony included only 25 people, but Archie’s great-grandparents were not part of that group. According to The Sunday Times, the Queen was unable to attend “because of prior commitments.” It was the same reason they were not at Louis’s christening last year.
The room where the family portrait was taken is very significant…
Not only did Meghan and Harry also pose for their official wedding portraits in Windsor Castle’s Green Drawing Room, but it’s also the same place the royal family gathered to celebrate Harry’s baptism in 1984.
.. as is the couch
Princess Diana sat on the same green and gold couch with the royal family to pose for Prince Harry’s christening portraits, making it a lovely tribute to Harry’s late mother.
Kate Middleton and Doria Ragland wore summer hues
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a gorgeous pink Stella McCartney dress with a matching headpiece, while Doria looked breathtaking in a coral number.