Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s son Archie will likely be christened over the identical household heirloom as his royal relations, together with cousins Prince George. Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Archie, who is ready to have his christening at Queen Elizabeth’s non-public chapel at Windsor Citadel (Harry was additionally christened there in 1984) on Saturday, will likely be baptized within the silver Lily Font that’s historically used for royal christenings.
The particular household heirloom is a silver-gilt baptismal water basin that was commissioned by Queen Victoria and has been utilized by royals since 1841.
And just like his cousins, Archie, who turns 2 months outdated on Saturday, may even be baptized with water from the River Jordan.
One other merchandise Archie may even be sharing: the identical christening gown George, 5, Charlotte, 4, and Louis, 1, wore for their very own ceremonies.
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Archie will put on a reproduction of the historic royal christening robe first worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, additionally named Victoria, in 1841. It was worn by 62 royal infants (together with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince William) earlier than it was deemed too fragile to proceed utilizing.
Meghan and Harry selected the Queen’s non-public chapel as a result of they “wanted an intimate, peaceful setting in a place with such a special connection to Her Majesty,” a royal supply not too long ago informed PEOPLE. And the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t should journey removed from their Frogmore Cottage dwelling, additionally on the grounds of Windsor Citadel.
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The gathering was attended by round 25 shut relations and associates. Royal christenings are sometimes non-public, with solely shut household, associates and godparents in attendance.
“This is a beautiful milestone and they are excited to share it as a family first and then with the world,” the supply mentioned.
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George and Louis’ christenings, on October 23, 2013, and July 9, 2018, respectively, occurred on the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace in London, whereas Charlotte was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church on Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham property.
All three companies had been carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, who officiated Harry and Meghan’s May 2018 marriage ceremony.