The official christening photos of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor are here, and they’re ADORABLE.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle) released two images on their official Instagram account on Saturday, following Archie’s christening.
The little lad was christened “in a small private ceremony” at the private chapel at Windsor Castle.
The official portrait shows Meghan, Harry, and Archie surrounded by members of their family, including familiar royal faces Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is also in the beautiful picture, standing next to two of Harry’s aunts, the late Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.
Harry and Meghan included a personal message to the public thanking them for their support since Archie’s birth.
“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,” the Instagram caption reads.
“They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.”
Although little Archie’s christening gown looks like the exact one worn by his father, it’s actually a replica of the antique garment.
The royal family’s traditional christening gown, which was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and worn by generations of royal babies, was retired for preservation in 2004.
An exact replica of the gown has been used for all christenings since then, including the ceremonies of Archie’s cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Although Harry and Meghan have shared some personal snaps of their son on their Instagram for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, today’s images are the first released to the public that give a good look at Archie’s face.
Congratulations to the happy family of three!
Ellie Hall is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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