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» Baby’s face fi­nally re­vealed » Harry pays trib­ute to Diana

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Front Page - BY PA­TRICK HILL AND AMY SHARPE

CUTE be­yond words, here is the world’s first full view of royal baby Archie at his christenin­g.

Prince Harry gazes proudly as Meghan cra­dles their son. Poignantly, Princess Diana’s sis­ters were at yes­ter­day’s pri­vate cer­e­mony.

ROYAL baby Archie took cen­tre stage yes­ter­day at a christenin­g cer­e­mony which hon­oured the mem­ory of Princess Diana.

As de­lighted par­ents Harry and Meghan cra­dled their son, Diana’s two sis­ters stood proudly be­hind their nephew in the of­fi­cial pic­ture.

It was seen as the per­fect nod to Harry’s mum, who died in 1997.

The christenin­g had been shrouded in se­crecy, with the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex even keep­ing the god­par­ents’ names se­cret.

Only 25 guests were at the Wind­sor Cas­tle chapel cer­e­mony. Diana’s sis­ters Lady Jane Fel­lowes, 62, and Lady Sarah Mc­Corquo­dale, 64, were among them.

In the of­fi­cial pic­ture, Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, are on a green and gold couch which matches the chair Diana sat on for Harry’s christenin­g back in De­cem­ber 1984.

Harry, just 12 when Diana died in a Paris car crash, has been deter­mined to in­clude his aun­ties in Archie’s life.

Speak­ing af­ter his son’s birth in May, Harry opened up about los­ing Diana, ad­mit­ting: “Miss­ing a mother is like miss­ing some kind of se­cu­rity.

“You need that as a son and it falls away when you lose your mother.”

The of­fi­cial fam­ily por­trait, taken in Wind­sor Cas­tle’s Green Draw­ing Room, also shows

Prince Charles and Camilla, Meghan’s mum Do­ria Ragland and Prince Wil­liam and his wife Kate. The Queen and Prince Philip were not there be­cause of a prior en­gage­ment.

Only two pic­tures were re­leased yes­ter­day – the of­fi­cial por­trait and a black and white im­age taken in the cas­tle’s Rose Gar­den.

TEN­DER

In that pic­ture, Meghan – wear­ing a white Dior dress – ten­derly presses her chin against Archie’s forehead as Harry proudly gazes at his boy, whose eyes are mo­men­tar­ily closed.

The pic­tures – posted on the cou­ple’s In­sta­gram page – were by fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Aller­ton, who also took the cou­ple’s wed­ding snaps. He said: “I am hon­oured to take the of­fi­cial pho­to­graphs and be part of such a spe­cial and joy­ous oc­ca­sion for The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex.”

The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, bap­tised Archie Har­ri­son Mount­bat­tenWind­sor in the tra­di­tional sil­ver Lily Font, us­ing wa­ter from the River Jor­dan.

Archie – sev­enth in line to the throne – wore a replica of the Honi­ton christenin­g gown com­mis­sioned by Queen Vic­to­ria in 1841 for the christenin­g of her el­dest daugh­ter, Vic­to­ria, Princess Royal.

Af­ter the pics were re­leased, Twit­ter was awash with spec­u­la­tion that Archie may have in­her­ited Harry’s gin­ger hair.

Sandy Hughes tweeted: “Archie is a nice blend of both par­ents. It ap­pears he has the Spencer red hair.”

And Ser­ena Sonoma wrote: “Baby Archie. Is that red hair!?!?.”

Out­side the cas­tle royal fans lined the streets hop­ing – in vain – for a peep of the roy­als. Su­per­fan John Loughrey, 64, said: “It’s a spe­cial day, but Princess Diana would have loved Harry to have come out and en­joyed it with the public.”

BLISS­FUL Meghan cra­dles baby Archie, his eyes shut, as Harry gazes at son yes­ter­day

BRASS ACT Band plays for chang­ing of guard in Wind­sor. Be­low: Arch­bishop Welby

MEM­ORY Di and Harry at 1984 christenin­g

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