The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have sent out special thank you cards following the birth of their son, Archie, in May.
The beautiful cards, given to royal fans who sent gifts or good wishes to the family to celebrate the arrival of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, feature a special photo of Meghan and Prince Harry with their baby son.
Archie was christened in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle two months after his birth, on July 6, 2019. Just two images from the event were released to the public at the time.
One of these – a beautiful black and white photo – has been used on the card.
The front of the royal thank you card
The second was the official royal family photo featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, Meghan's mum, Doria Ragland and Prince Harry’s aunts, Princess Diana's sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.
This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. 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. Their son, 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. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©?SussexRoyal #archieschristening #archieharrison #archieharrisonmountbattenwindsor #dukeandduchessofsussex #windsor #WindsorCastle #princecharles #duchessofcornwall #doriaragland #dukeandduchessofcambridge
The touching royal thankyou card was shared on Instagram by royal fan, @loopycrown3 whose profile reads, “a devout monarchist and royal commentator.”
Posting the card, @loopycrown3 said, “Wonderful thank you postcard from TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex thanking me for sending my good wishes to Archie for his christening.”
The card from Meghan and Harry reads, "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been overwhelmed by all the incredibly kind cards and letters they have received on the occasion of Archie's Christening, and are so touched that you took the trouble to write as you did.
"It really was most thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated by Their Royal Highnesses who send you their very best wishes."
Meghan, Harry and little Archie are yet to make their first official royal appearance together but royal watchers are waiting with baited breath to see the little boy who lives at Frogmore COttage with his parents.