Hidden detail in Archie christening photo could give away clue about service

A hidden detail has been spotted in one of Archie's official christening photos.

The clue may help shed some light on what was largely a private day for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their families and friends.

Just 25 people made the invite for the ceremony which was performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Windsor Castle.

Two photographs were released afterwards, late on Saturday afternoon – including a family photo featuring the sisters of Harry's mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who died when he was 12 years old.

But eagle-eyed royal fans noticed something more telling.

If you look closely at the Mantel Clock, you can see the time that the photo was taken is almost 11.55am, which could suggest that Archie was christened at roughly 11am on Saturday.

The clock itself dates back to the early 19th century and has been in Windsor since 1846.

It was created by Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy and first acquired by George IV.

The couple have not revealed the names of Archie's godparents, but the presence of Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale may fuel speculation that they have been chosen for the role.

A statement accompanying the photographs 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."

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby baptised the two-month-old using water from the River Jordan out of the silver Lily Font, in accordance with royal tradition.

The Queen was not present at the christening because of a prior engagement. She also missed Prince Louis's christening last year.

Two images were released following the ceremony at the Private Chapel.

A family photo inside the castle's Green Drawing Room shows Harry and Meghan sitting with their child, alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore a salmon pink Stella McCartney outfit.

Standing behind them are the Prince of Wales, Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, the Duke of Cambridge, Lady Jane and Lady Sarah.

A second shot, in black-and-white, shows Meghan, dressed in a white Dior dress, gazing into Harry's eyes as she cradles baby Archie – with the castle's Rose Garden in the background.

Some well-wishers who flocked to Windsor were disappointed the ceremony was private.

Anne Daley, 63, a keen supporter of the royals, travelled from Wales and arrived with a specially baked cake and her dog Camilla – who she had dressed in christening attire – at 5am on Saturday.

Ms Daley said she "loves everything about the royals" but she was "very hurt", adding: "I pay a lot of tax for their civil duties".

She went on: "One minute they want to be royals, the next they don't.

"That baby is Princess Diana's grandson. We should be able to see the christening.

"Harry wants it both ways. They've been ill-advised. The general public can't work this out."

Jon Loughrey, 64, also expressed disappointment.

He said: "I accept that it's a private ceremony in a private chapel, but the late Princess Diana would have wanted Prince Harry to be more with the people."

Fashion photographer Chris Allerton, who shot the wedding photographs of Harry and Meghan, said he was "honoured to take the official photographs at the christening" and to "once again, be part of such a special and joyous occasion".

Archie wore a handmade replica of the royal christening robe created by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen.

The silver baptismal Lily Font was commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 and has been a feature of royal christenings since its use in the baptism of their first child Victoria, princess royal.

A post on the Sussex Royal Instagram account said the replica robe has been worn by royal babies for the last 11 years.

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