Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the newborn son of Harry and Meghan's of Sussex, will be baptized in a small secluded ceremony at the Prince's private chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced Wednesday.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will pay tribute and welcome the eighth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II to the Church of England. Harry and Meghan are planning to share some photos after the ceremony, made by photographer Chris Allerton.
And that is all we are going to do officially about the last baptismal ceremony for a royal baby, the first ever half-American biracial child born to the British royal family.
There will be no media photos of the couple arriving with their baby dressed in the royal christening dress, a replica of the silk Honiton lace dress that Queen Victoria had made for her first baby in 1841.
We don't get a list of guests, or even see the guests arriving for the ceremony in the small chapel, which can accommodate no more than 30 people. We are not going to learn the names of the godparents or even how many peters and meters were chosen.
The godparents, according to the wishes of the couple, will remain private, according to the palace announcement.
As royal fans harbor I don't notice now that this rite of royal passage, exactly two months after the birth of Archie on May 6, makes it clear that Harry and Meghan were not kidding when they said that they were mostly privacy and their baby sought privacy.
So the almost total blackout in the news about baptism, a religious ceremony that marks the baby's access to the Anglican community. In this it differs from the recent custom of baptizing the three children of Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge.
Royal baptisms are usually private in terms of the ritual, but they are usually preceded by a short photograph when the parents, the baby and their guests arrive, especially when the queen is present. And the names of the godparents are usually made public.
This baptism takes place in the private chapel deep in the fortified castle, not at St. James & # 39; s Palace in London, where there is more room for a photo pool to collect. (Originally built for Queen Victoria from 1840, the private chapel began the devastating Windsor Castle fire of 1992, destroying the chapel and requiring a total rebuild in 1994.)
Nor will baptism in the much larger St. George & Chapel adjacent to the castle, where Harry and Meghan get married in May 2018, and where Harry, 34, was baptized herself in December 1984.
The queen will not be there because she has an earlier engagement. She was baptized for Will and Kate & # 39; s first two children, Prince George, turning 6 on July 22, and Princess Charlotte, 4, but she missed the ceremony for Prince Louis, 1, due to an earlier engagement.
Prince Charles, baby's grandfather, and his wife, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, can be expected, as well as Meghan & # 39; s mother, Doria Ragland, who lives in Los Angeles. Will and Kate will probably be there too, but it is not clear whether their children will be there.
Typically at royal baptism the baby is baptized over a 17-inch high silver plated lily Font with water collected from the Jordan River. The carved font, used since 1841 for the baptism of every royal baby, is part of the Crown Jewels collection held in the Tower of London.
So far there has been disappointment and anger on social media baptism in Sussex based on leaks about their plans in British media such as the London Times and the Daily Mail in the last two weeks.
Some comments reflect a misunderstanding about which royal ceremonies like & # 39; public & # 39; while others simply want more chances to see the baby.
Others come from anti-monarchist republicans who were already furious that the couple had spent about $ 3 million in government money for the renovation of their Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Castle estate.
"Demanding private baptism? Funny, they live on the dime of the taxpayer … maybe give up and you can set privacy requirements, until then you fly," posted RoyallyHeather on Twitter.
They want to educate Archie as a private citizen? Well, that should also not mean taxpayer subsidies, according to the Republic, the most important political organization trying to dump the monarchy.
So far there is no evidence that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are concerned about the comments.