Duke and Duchess of Sussex release new photos of Archie to mark christening

Princess Diana’s sisters and Doria Ragland are part of a group shot in Windsor Castle’s green room, but the Queen was elsewhere.

New photos of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie, have been released to mark the two-month-old’s christening today.

One intimate black and white portrait shows a sleepy looking Archie with his parents.

Another more formal picture shows the baby with his parents and grandparents including grandmother Doria Ragland.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex drew criticism for holding the christening in private, barring TV cameras and press photographers – even as the family arrived for the Windsor Castle service.

But in an Instagram post, the royals said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment.

“Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie.”

They gave some detail about the gown their son was christened in, saying: “Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years.

“The original royal christening robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter.

“It was subsequently worn for generations of royal christenings, including the Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when the Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue.”

Some details of the christening were disclosed ahead of the service and reflected important royal traditions.

The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan was used during the baptism and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiated the ceremony.

The group photo featured Princess Diana’s two sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Jane Fellows.

The event was attended by Harry’s brother William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, who was wearing Stella McCartney. Meghan was wearing Dior, royal sources said.

The Queen did not attend because of a prior engagement.

Although the event was held in private, well-wishers flocked to Windsor Castle to join in the celebrations.

The names of the godparents have not been released.