Why Queen Elizabeth Missed Baby Archie’s Christening

Baby Archie Christening (Credit: Instagram)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle celebrated the christening of their two-month-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on Saturday.

The new parents were surrounded by family, including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, and Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.

But two members of the royal family were noticeably absent — Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip.

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The head the British monarchy did not attend due to a prior commitment, U.K. paper The Sun reported.

While the Queen’s absence seemed unusual, she also missed last year’s christening of Prince Louis, William and Kate’s third child. Although she did attend their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s christenings.

A message on Harry and Meghan’s official Instagram page said the two “feel fortunate,” and thanked the public for its support.

“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 message said. “They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.”

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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. 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. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal

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Despite the Queen’s absence this weekend at great-grandson Archie’s baptism, it still appeared to be a very happy occasion.

Baby Archie was dressed in a “christening gown” that’s been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years.

This latest christening took place in a private chapel at Windsor Castle, where Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, were married in May 2018.

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