Hold On, Who Were Those 2 Women in Royal Baby Archie's Christening Photo?

Two months after his birth, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor has reached another royal family milestone: his christening.

The royal celebration for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son took place at the queen's private chapel at Windsor Castle (on the grounds of Harry and Meghan's Frogmore Cottage home), the same place where Prince Harry was christened. Admittedly, upon seeing the official royal portrait, all we could wonder was what little Archie's mom, Meghan, was wearing (it was bespoke Dior, FYI). But, on second glance, we became extremely curious about the two women who were standing behind Harry and Meghan...

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Turns out, these two ladies are Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale. Otherwise known as the sisters of the late Princess Diana. In a touching nod to the Princess of Wales, Harry invited his mother's sisters into the intimate and private ceremony, and even had them pose for the royal family portrait.

Both ladies attended the Sussexes' royal wedding in May 2018, and Lady Jane Fellowes (in that stylish safari-style getup on the left) was reportedly one of the first people to be introduced to baby Archie after his birth on May 6. It seems that Meghan and Harry are hoping to include Diana's side of the family in their child's upbringing as much as possible.

Kate Middleton also gave a personal shoutout to the Princess of Wales by wearing her Collingwood pearl and diamond drop earrings, the same pair Diana wore to Prince Harry's christening.

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Archie was dressed in a vintage white lace gown, the replica of Queen Victoria's daughter's gown first worn in 1841. The gown is a tradition for royal baby christenings, and was also also donned by George, Charlotte and Louis.

Archie's christening was reportedly attended by around 25 close family members and friends. While the queen was not in attendance at the event due to prior engagements, Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were there, along with the Cambridges. Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, also attended.

And, of course, Princess Diana was there in spirit (via Harry and William's two maternal aunts).

Can someone please pass a tissue?


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