Meghan And Harry Have Announced That They Won’t Be Telling Us Who Archie’s Godparents Are – But Here’s Everything We Know About The Christening So Far…

From George Clooney to Barack Obama, the speculated list of potential godparents is pretty wild...

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by Sofia Tindall |
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If there is one baby who is rapidly becoming the youngest celebrity of 2019: it's Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. We all waited on tenterhooks for his arrival (and enjoyed show stopping pregnancy style from Meghan Markle along the way) the bookies were taking bets on everything from gender to middle name.

In the tradition of all of the royal babies the next big event that the Sussex family will be undertaking as they welcome the new arrival is Archie's christening this Saturday on the 6th of July. Meghan and Harry have chosen to go against the grain of royal tradition (not a first for the couple) by keeping the early weeks of Archie's life uber-private, sharing only a few details and pictures with the outside world. It seems they'll be sticking to this precedent around the christening - as it was announced that despite a lot of speculation about who will be Archie's godparents - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex won't be announcing it.

In a statement yesterday, the palace announced 'Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened in a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 6th. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look forward to sharing some images taken on the day by photographer Chris Allerton. The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private'.

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Meghan and Harry previously announced their decision to keep the christening as a private family affair - a development that's causing some controversy, particularly following recent reports about the amount of taxpayer money that was used to renovate Frogmore cottage (£2.4 million - to be exact).

But as we know you'll all want to know - despite the cloak-and-dagger secrecy - here's everything we know about the latest mini-royal's christening so far...

When Is Archie Harrison Mounbatten-Windsor's Christening?

It was confirmed this week that Archie will be christened on Saturday the 6th of July at the private chapel in Windsor Castle, rather than St George's chapel where Harry and Meghan said their vows last year.

How Many People Will Attend Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's Christening?

The guest list for Archie's christening is already looking more exclusive than an A-List wedding: just 25 people are earmarked to attend. But don't be disappointed if you were keen to follow the event - photos will be released to the media and @sussexroyal Instagram following after the ceremony.

Will Archie Be Christened With Holy Water From Jordan?

Traditionally, babies in the Royal Family are christened with holy water from the River Jordan (we won't start asking about the technicalities of importing it to the UK...). Whilst it hasn't been confirmed that Archie will be christened with the water, George, Charlotte and Louis all were. Which makes us think it's probably quite likely...

Who Will Be At Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's Christening?

The Queen won't be able to attend the ceremony due to a prior engagement. However it is expected to be officiated by The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and it's likely that several royal officiates will be in attendance (including: of course, Meghan and Harry) - we're still waiting for the official word on who's been chosen as Archie's godparents (George Clooney has denied rumours that he was in the running).

Who Will Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's Godparents Be?

Naturally - there's been a lot of speculation over who will take the title as Archie's godparents (especially given the star-studded circles Harry and Meghan move in - could this be the first time we get a celebrity/royal godparent crossover?). However in line with Meghan and Harry's most recent decision to keep the names of godparents private, we won't be finding out. George Clooney has denied rumours that he's in the running - apparently he already has his hands full with his twins - but some other predicted possibilities have been Meghan's steadfast pal Jessica Mulroney, Serena Williams (who was responsible for Meghan's New York baby shower celebrations) and Misha Nonoo.

When it comes to Harry's side - names that have been thrown about include the Duke of Sussex's lifelong pal Jake Warren, and his Eton school friend Tom 'Skippy' Inskip. But essentially - it's anyone's guess who might be an official Archie-godparent. Even Barack Obama's name has been thrown into the mix...

What Will Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor Be Christened In?

As we all know, a royal christening is an extremely traditional affair. Therefore, for his Christening, Archie will wear the Honiton christening gown which (like the Lily Font), is used for all royal baby christenings. For the history buffs: It's a replica of the gown that Queen Victoria had made for her firstborn, and it's already been worn by George, Charlotte and Louis.

See below for more of Archie Harrison-Mountbatten Windsor's first photos...


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