But for royal admirers hoping to see an adorable family photo or two, they shouldn’t hold their breath. According to The Sunday Times, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are planning a “private” baptism for their little one. While the service is always private, fans sometimes get to see the royal family members arrive for the big event—just as they did for the christenings of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
“It is not that different as all royal christenings are private,” royal expert Marlene Koenig tells E! News. “It really should not matter to the public, although the tabloid press will wander into the conversation and criticize the couple for their decision to have the christening at the private chapel in Windsor Castle.”
The Palace has yet to confirm or deny these reports.
If the rumor is true, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to Harry and Meghan’s fans. After all, the couple kept the details about the child’s birth plans private. In addition, fans have rarely seen the royals’ bundle of joy since his birth.
Still, fans are curious about the big day. For a breakdown of what we know so far, read on below:
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When is the christening? According to reports, the private service will take place this weekend.
Where is the christening? The christening is expected to be held at the private chapel in Windsor Castle. According to Koenig, the couple likely had to ask to hold the baptism there as the chapel was “largely destroyed by the 1992 fire” and later rebuilt.
Why will it be private? Even though Archie’s parents live in the public eye, sources tell The Sunday Times the duke and duchess consider him a “private citizen” and feel strongly about “shielding him.”
Is this the first time a royal baptism has been private? Nope! Koenig tells E! News that both Prince Andrew and Prince Edward‘s baptism were private.
In fact, Koenig says it was “largely unusual” for William and Kate to allow the press to be there for the family’s arrival and departure.
Who are the godparents? This has yet to be revealed. There was some initial speculation that George Clooney or Amal Clooney would make the list. After all, the couple attended Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, and Amal hosted a baby shower for the duchess. However, the actor has since shot down these rumors.
What will Archie wear on the big day? Koenig tells E! News Archie will wear the same christening gown his cousins have worn. The gown is a replica of the original, which was made in 1841 for the christening of Queen Victoria‘s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal, and was worn by several members of the royal family, including Harry, William, Charles and Her Majesty. After years of wear, The Queen retired and the garment and commissioned Angela Kelly to make a handmade replica. James, Viscount Severn was the first to wear the new garment at a christening held in a private chapel at Windsor Castle.
Will there be any cute photos? If the royal couple follows tradition, then they may release an official portrait after the christening.
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