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Basmah Qazi

The senior royal who could miss baby Archie’s christening

The senior royal who could miss baby Archie’s christening

Good news for royal fans. It seems that we’ll be getting a glimpse of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor sooner than expected.

It’s only been six weeks since the world welcomed the little one with open arms, and apparently the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already picked a date and venue for their son’s christening.

According to The Sunday Times, Prince Harry and Meghan have planned to baptise Archie in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle next month.

The location is fitting as it’s also where Harry’s baptism took place in 1984, and where the couple said their vows in May 2018.

The ceremony is likely to be led by the Dean of Windsor, the Reverend David Conner, and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Reportedly, the Duchess has formed a close bond with Archbishop Welby, who officiated the pair's wedding last year.

Avid followers can expect to see plenty of members from the royal household, but there will be a senior figure missing from the occasion.

The Times reports that Queen Elizabeth II will be “absent on other duties”, which is why she will not be able to make the christening of her eighth great-grandchild.

While her absence may seem odd, this isn’t the first time the monarch has missed an important occasion, as she did not attend the christening of Prince Louis last year.

Since his birth on May 6, the public have only seen glimpses of little Archie, but that will soon change once the baptism occurs.

Along with the christening, an important question will be answered: Who will be Baby Sussex’s godparents?

Royalists have been waiting with bated breath for the announcement, with royal commentator Camilla Tominey putting her money on one person in particular: Princess Eugenie.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw Princess Eugenie’s name in there, simply because they got married at a similar time and Eugenie and Harry are very close cousins,” said Tominey.

Regardless of who gets the honour, Archie won’t be short on godparents, as the royal family is known to give their children numerous godmothers and godfathers.