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Archie Harrison's Christening Is Rumored to Be Happening Later This Summer

Town and Country logo Town and Country 6 days ago Caroline Hallemann
a person wearing a suit and tie: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie Harrison's christening ceremony is rumored to be happening later this year. Here's what we know so far. © WPA Pool - Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie Harrison's christening ceremony is rumored to be happening later this year. Here's what we know so far.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced their son Archie to the world just days after his birth. But in the weeks following that first photocall in Windsor Castle, the newest member of the royal family has been kept out of the public eye. (As is to be expected for a one-month old.)

But royal fans could see little Archie make his second public appearance later this summer at his christening. Here's what we know about the ceremony so far.

It's likely to take place in July.

According to royal reporter Carolyn Durand, the christening's timing relies on the Queen's schedule, so it will either happen in July, before the British monarch heads to Balmoral for the summer, or not until after the Queen is back from Scotland, in late October.

"We may get our first glimpse of Archie in about six weeks for his christening before the The Queen leaves for Balmoral at the end of July," she wrote in a story for Elle.com. "Otherwise, the Queen historically returns from Balmoral in late October."

Archie is almost certain to wear the same christening gown that his cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, did.

a couple of people standing next to a person: Archie Harrison's Christening Is Coming Up © Getty Images Archie Harrison's Christening Is Coming Up

While the garment is relatively new, it's rooted in a royal tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s. The current Christening gown, which has been used for all of the Queen's great-grandchildren, is actually a replica of a dress that Queen Victoria commissioned for her first-born child, her daughter Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa.

That gown was notably worn by 62 royal babies (including five monarchs) over the course of its 163 years of royal service. It was carefully protected over the years, but in 2004, the Queen's granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor became the last royal to wear it. Angela Kelly, the Queen's wardrobe advisor, was then enlisted to create a replica, which has been used ever since.

Who will be invited to the christening?

a person in a suit standing in front of a building: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Prince Louis’s christening in 2018. © DOMINIC LIPINSKI - Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Prince Louis’s christening in 2018.

Archie's christening will likely be an intimate affair, but attendees will almost certainly include family members-the Cambridges, Charles and Camilla, the Queen, Meghan's mother Doria-and the baby's godparents. At this point, it's unclear which of Meghan and Harry's friends will take on that specific role in Archie's life, but here's who we think could be in the running.

The Archbishop of Canterbury will likely do the honors.

During the religious ceremony, he will use the Lily Font, a silver gilt bowl that has been used for every royal baby since Princess Victoria in 1841. Archie will almost certainly be blessed with water from the river Jordan, which is where it is said that John the Baptist baptized Jesus himself.

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