The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared two official photographs from their son Archie’s christening, which took place at the Private Chapel in Windsor Castle this afternoon.
The first image by photographer Chris Allerton was taken in the Green Drawing Room and shows the family-of-three joined by proud grandparents Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Doria Ragland.
In a touching nod to the late Princess Diana, her sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, were also present.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand to the right of their nephew. Prince William dressed in a navy suit for the occasion while Kate chose a powder pink Stella McCartney dress, first seen at the Queen’s annual Christmas luncheon last year.
The mother-of-three accessorised the ensemble with a clashing red headband and matching courts.
The second black and white photograph is more intimate and shows the Duchess of Sussex cradling baby Archie, as Prince Harry proudly looks on.
For the occasion, the new mother chose a bespoke Dior dress in cream with a matching headpiece to finish.
In keeping with tradition, their two-month-old son was baptised wearing a handmade replica of the Honiton christening gown which has been worn by royal babies, including the Cambridge children, for the last 11 years.
The original gown was first commissioned by Queen Victoria back in 1841 for her eldest daughter.
It was then passed down the generations with the Queen, her children and her grandchildren wearing the garment until 2004, when Her Majesty commissioned a handmade replica.
“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 caption reads. “They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.”
Archie’s christening broke from regal tradition with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opting to hold a private gathering. The ceremony was officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
On taking the history-making images, photographer Chris Allerton said: “I am honoured to take the official photographs at the christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and to once again, be part of such a special and joyous occasion for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.
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