Queen Elizabeth Won’t Attend Archie Harrison’s Baptism Next Month — Here’s Why

We are all so ready for new photos of baby Archie Harrison, and luckily, they’re coming soon. The first son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is scheduled to be christened at St. George’s next month. Which means a whole new crop of adorable baby photos for us to gush over.

This momentous occasion is a tradition for the royal family and is sure to draw a familiar crowd of faces—Grandfather Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles will be there, and so will Prince William and Kate Middleton plus many other close friends and family.

But one person you may not see at the christening? The baby’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Here’s why she might not be there.

Details of Archie Harrison’s baptism are beginning to emerge

As the date for the baptism grows closer, new details about the event are coming to light. The baby will be christened at St. George’s Chapel which is especially significant since it’s the same spot where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married. It’s also conveniently located about a mile from their home at Frogmore Cottage.

The baby will probably be wearing a replica gown similar to the one his father wore while being baptized in 1984. It’s shaping up to be an exciting day for everyone.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Who will the godparents be?

While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle haven’t made any formal announcement about who the godparents will be, there are rumors swirling about who will receive the honor.

Fans think the couple might choose Meghan Markle’s good friend Serena Williams to be the godmother, but so far that hasn’t been confirmed. There’s also been talk that Meghan Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney or George and Amal Clooney might be tapped as godparents.

And who will Prince Harry choose to be godfather? Contenders include Mike Tindall, Jake Warren, Tom “Skippy” Inskip, and several other childhood friends. Prince Harry almost certainly won’t choose his brother Prince William to be the godfather as that would break tradition. The idea is that since the Duke of Cambridge will always be in Archie’s life anyway, Prince William doesn’t need to have that title.

Queen Elizabeth won’t be at the baptism

According to the Daily Mail, one very important figure in Archie Harrison’s life won’t be attending his christening next month. They say she’ll be busy with “other duties” at that time and won’t be in attendance.

Is this a royal snub, or totally normal? Well, it depends on who you ask. It’s true that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t attend every single christening for all her great-grandchildren. She was present at the baptisms of Prince George and Princess Charlotte but skipped Prince Louis’ christening last year.

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Today The Duke of Sussex attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace alongside Her Majesty The Queen and other Members of The Royal Family. The Queen hosts Garden Parties as a means of recognizing guests for the good work they are doing in their communities, a tradition steeped in history and dating back to the 1860s during Queen Victoria’s reign. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended their first official Garden Party as a couple last May at Buckingham Palace just days after their wedding, in celebration of The Prince of Wales’ charity work, patronages and military affiliations. Today, The Duke of Sussex met with several guests including those that he and The Duchess extended a personal invitation to based on their extensive work in the community. His Royal Highness met with a representative of @africanparksnetwork (of which he is President), a mental health consultant for @weareinvictusgames and countless others who are leading by example with high impact cause driven work. The Duke also greeted several representatives of The Duchess’ patronages on her behalf, as she is on maternity leave and was unable to attend. These include members from @themayhew @thenationaltheatre and @smartworkscharity as well as The Association of Commonwealth Universities. Amongst the 8,000 people attending today were Members of the Armed Services, Ambassadors as well as those who have made a positive impact through the arts, charity work and volunteering. Thank you to volunteers, staff and all of those who dedicate their time and energy to working towards the collective good. We appreciate all that you do

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Still, you’d think for Prince Harry’s first baby she’d want to be there, especially as the Head of the Church of England.

It’s still not confirmed exactly what day the baptism will take place or who will be there. But one thing is for certain—everyone is looking forward to seeing photos of the baby wearing a christening gown that looks so similar to the one his father wore more than 30 years ago. We can’t wait!