Kate Middleton was hailed “amazing” and “stunning” as she attended the christening of her nephew, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duchess of Cambridge posed for an official photograph with the tot, his parents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and wider family including her husband Prince William. It was the first chance Britons had to see the adorable baby boy and his christening, as the ceremony itself had been kept private in a unorthodox move by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the private chapel at Windsor, yet the Queen, 93, could not attend because of a diary clash.
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Kate, 37, beamed in a pale pink gown, with a pussy bow tie neckline and a waistband which showed off her stunning figure.
It was a similar colour to the headpiece of Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who was also pictured at the back of shot.
Mum of three Kate chose dark red heels and a matching headband to finish off her fashionable look.
Her brunette hair was in trademark loose waves behind her shoulders and she rounded off her look with a simple pair of earrings.
Her husband, Prince William, stood behind her and cut a smart figure in a blue suit.
Fans were quick to take to Twitter as the official image was released on social media.
It was uploaded with the words: “Today, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie was christened at Private Chapel at Windsor Castle.”
Users were quick to single out Kate’s stylish look, and one put: “Catherine stunning as always.”
A second added: “Kate looks so Elegant as always.”
A third continued: “Kate looks amazing,” before one agreed, and replied: “She does, she has really hit her stride.”
One then rounded off: “Lovely pic … great to see one of the family.
“Kate looks amazing, every inch our future Queen.”
Today, Express.co.uk reported how The Duchess of Sussex has not spoken publicly about her religion or that of her family.
While Archie’s christening differed from that of his cousin Princess Charlotte and Princes George and Louis, by being significantly more private, it was not a complete break from tradition.
Water from the River Jordan was used to fill the baptismal font at St. George’s Chapel.
All royal babies are christened in the Lily Font bowl, an exquisite silver-gilt font used by the Royal Family since 1840.
The gilded silver font, which weighs 21 pounds, was also commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert ahead of the birth of their first child.
How did Kate Middleton become a royal?
Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England.
She was born to Michael and Carole Middleton, a former flight dispatcher and air hostess. The couple founded a party supplies company, Party Pieces, in 1987 – now estimated to be worth £30 million.
Kate has a younger sister Pippa Matthews, 34, and a younger brother James Middleton, 31.
Kate and her family moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1984, where the future Duchess was educated at an English-speaking nursery school.
After moving back to Berkshire the family sent Kate to private school, St Andrews School. She went on to briefly study at Downe House before moving onto Marlborough College where she boarded.
For university the young Kate attended the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. Here she was awarded an undergraduate MA (2:1 Hons) in history of art.
Relationship with Prince William
Kate met Prince William when they were both studying at St Andrews, and both living in St Salvator’s Hall. Famously, William reportedly took a fancy to Kate after she wore a see-through dress during a fashion show.
In 2003 the couple began dating and lived together during their second year of university.
The couple split in April 2007, however, in October they were back together.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring in October 2010. The couple were holidaying in Kenya at the time.
On 29 April 2011 they married at Westminster Abbey with a whopping 26 million watching the event live.
Kate wore an Alexander McQueen dress worth a reported £250,000 on the big day.
Kate assumed the title “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge” and also become the Duchess of Cambridge on the day.