The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a new statue of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in honor of Father’s Day.
The photo, which appeared on the official Instagram page of the royal couple, shows Archie holding Prince Harry’s finger. “I wish a very special Father’s Day to the Duke of Sussex,” the message says.
The couple also posted a photo in May in honor of Mother’s Day in the many countries around the world that celebrate it, including Meghan’s native America.
“Pay tribute to all mothers today – past, present, expectant mothers and those who have been lost but remembered forever,” the message said: “We honor and celebrate everyone.”
The photos are the only times that Archie has been seen since he was introduced to the world at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, just a few days after his birth on May 6.
New details have appeared about the baptism of Archie, which, according to The Sunday Times, will take place in July in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal expert, told CNN that baptism will almost certainly take place in the chapel, because it is where Harry was baptized in 1984, and where he and Meghan tied the knot in May 2018.
More recently, in May 2019, the chapel played the weddings from Prince Andrew’s daughter Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018, and Lady Gabriella Windsor to financier Thomas Kingston.
Fitzwilliams noted that baptism will be a “highly significant” event, since Archie is the first royal baby born to parents of different ethnicities. He noted that baptism will “emphasize a changing royal family that more closely reflects society as a whole in modern Britain than in the Commonwealth.”
But despite Meghan’s pursuit of modernity, including the defense of women’s rights, baptism is expected to be a traditional affair, Fitzwilliams added.
Archie is said to be baptized with water from the Jordan River, which has special significance for the Jewish and Christian faith, because it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
The newspaper added that the royal baby is also dressed in an exact replica of the historic royal christening gown, commissioned by Queen Victoria and first used in 1841 for the baptism of her oldest daughter, Princess Victoria.
The original, made from Spitalfield’s and Honiton’s, was worn by 62 royal babies, including Queen Elizabeth at her baptism in 1926, Prince Harry and Prince William.
A replica of the dress was commissioned by the queen in 2004, because the original was considered too fragile for further use. The most recent royal babies to donate the replica were Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015.
The baptism also includes the Lily Font, a gilt silver receptacle made for Queen Victoria in 1840, the Sunday Times added.
The font, which is kept in the Tower of London when it is not used, is used for the baptism of all children and grandchildren of the queen, with the exception of Princess Eugenie.
Fitzwilliams noted that royal baptisms are often small and private affairs, attended by “senior royals, family, close friends and godparents and their spouses.”