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Prince Harry and Meghan pictured holding son Archie on christening day

  • ITV News video report by Sejal Karia

Official photographs from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby son Archie's christening have been released.

Two images have been published by Kensington Palace on the day of the young royal's christening.

A black and white still of Prince Harry and Meghan holding Archie in the Rose Garden has been released by Kensington Palace, while another of all those in attendance at the ceremony was published.

In a statement, Kensington Palace said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to share the happiness of this day, and would like to thank everyone around the world for their ongoing support. They feel so fortunate to have enjoyed this special moment with family and Archie’s godparents.”

Seated (left to right): Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of Sussex, Duchess of Cambridge Standing (left to right): Prince of Wales, Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Duke of Cambridge. Credit: Chris Allerton

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, christened Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in front of family and close friends of Harry and Meghan, in the private chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

But the event has been criticised for being held without the press or public seeing any elements of the day.

When the duchess was spotted at Wimbledon on Thursday with two close friends from her university days, Genevieve Hillis and Lindsay Roth, it was interpreted by royal watchers ashinting at possible godparents.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with baby Archie. Credit: PA

There has been criticism of the decision not to reveal who will be Archie’s godparents, but bookies believe Meghan’s best friend, the Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, will be chosen, while Harry’s old schoolmates, brothers Thomas and Charlie van Straubenzee, could be picked.

Royal biographer Penny Junor has called the couple’s decision to exclude the press and public a mistake, saying well-wishers would want to share in their big day.

While Mark Borkowski, a public relations consultant, said the duke and duchess were employing the public relations strategy of "Hollywood A-listers" by keeping their son’s christening private.

Like other royal babies, Archie will wear the handmade replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen, during the ceremony, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The Duchess of Sussex watches Serena Williams at Wimbledon Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

Following royal tradition, the Lily Font, commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the baptism of their first child Victoria, Princess Royal, in 1841, will be used, as will water from the River Jordan.

It is understood the Queen will not be attending the christening, as she has a prior engagement, but among the royal guests will be the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is also expected to attend.

Some members of the St George’s Chapel Choir, a choral group who performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, will sing during the christening.

The intimate private chapel where Archie Mountbatten-Windsor will be christened had to be entirely rebuilt following the devastating Windsor Castle fire. Credit: PA

The couple have once again turned to fashion photographer Chris Allerton, who took their wedding photographs, to capture the moment on Saturday.

Mr Allerton will take the official christening photos in Windsor Castle’s green drawing room and the pictures will be released some time after 3pm, Buckingham Palace has said.