Meghan Markle and the son of Prince Harry, born on May 6, will have his baptism on Saturday, July 6
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have decided to keep baby Archie’s treasure parents private.
Buckingham Palace revealed the news in an official statement about the baptism of two-month-old daughters of Meghan and Harry.
“The foster parents, in accordance with their wishes, remain private,” the statement reads.
Although royal fans don’t know the identity of the godparents of Archie, they will see sweet moments from the long-awaited ceremony.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to sharing some photos by photographer Chris Allerton,” Buckingham Palace said in the statement. “Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is baptized during a small private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the private chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 6.”
Archie’s grand milestone will unfold in Queen Elizabeth‘s private chapel at Windsor Castle – a location that the new parents chose because they “wanted an intimate, peaceful environment in a place with such a special bond with Her Majesty,” a royal source said to PEOPLE. And the Duke and Duchess of Sussex don’t have to travel far from their home in Frogmore Cottage, also on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The meeting is attended by around 25 close relatives and friends. Royal baptisms are usually private, with only close family, friends and godparents present.
“This is a great milestone and they are excited to share it first as a family and then with the world,” said the source.
The private chapel is a very personal place in Windsor Castle for the royal family. The room was made between 1840 and 1847 for Queen Victoria. It was destroyed by the catastrophic Windsor fire in 1992 and rebuilt with modern updates in 1994.
The larger St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle was the site of Meghan and Harry’s May 2018 wedding. Harry was also baptized there in 1984.
The timing is closely related to the baptism of Kate Middleton and the three children of Prince William – the great cousins of Archie.
Prince George‘s baptism took place at the end of October (more than three months after he was born) at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace in London. Princess Charlotte was held two months after her birth at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk, on the Queen’s Sandringham estate – and near William and Kate’s mansion, Anmer Hall.
Prince Louis was baptized in the same place as his older brother in July 2018, about three months after his world debut.
Although Harry skipped formal paternity leave, he has done several gigs in the weeks since his son Archie’s welcome, including a short trip to the Netherlands to launch the countdown to the Invictus Games 2020 and a visit to Rome, where he played in a charity polo competition – Meghan, who gave birth to Archie on May 6, stays out of the spotlight to focus on motherhood.
After a photo two days after the birth of Archie as a new family of three, Meghan and Harry made their first joint appearance as parents in Trooping the Color in early June. The couple all smiled when they came to the Trooping celebrations in the same carriage as Kate and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
The new parents also shared a glimpse of their son on Father’s Day and posted an Instagram photo of Archie looking at the camera from Prince Harry’s arms.