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Why Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Aren't in Archie's Christening Portraits

Their absence shouldn't be seen as a slight to the young royal.
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After celebrating baby Archie's private baptism ceremony in a chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released a number of photos in honor of the religious milestone.

The series includes one adorable picture of Archie with his proud parents and one family portrait, which features the Cambridges, Prince Charles and Camilla, and Meghan's mother Doria, as well as two of Princess Diana's siblings. But there are a few royal faces missing from that second image.

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ARCHIE’S FAMILY GATHERS FOR A PORTRAIT AT WINDSOR CASTLE IN HONOR OF HIS BAPTISM.
Photo by CHRIS ALLERTON/SUSSEXROYAL.

Archie's great-grandparents, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth did not attend his christening, and therefore are not in the official photos, but their absence shouldn't been seen as a slight to the young royal.

The Queen reportedly had prior commitments, and duty always comes first for the British monarch. Her not being at her great-grandchild's baptism is not entirely unprecedented. She missed her sixth great-grandchild Prince Louis's baptism last year, though she did attend the christening for Lena Tindall, her eighth great grandchild, in March.

Similarly, Prince Philip skipping the event shouldn't be seen as cause for concern for the 98-year-old royal.

In October of last year, ahead of Princess Eugenie's wedding, the Telegraph reported that Philip "now operates on a 'wake up and see how I feel' basis."

"The royals are like any family in the sense they try to make family occasions but it is not always possible," a source told the publication.

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Philip and the Queen were some of the very first members of the royal family to meet Archie following his birth in May. Shortly after Meghan and Harry posed for a photocall with their newborn, the new family of three was also photographed alongside Harry's grandparents, and Meghan's mom Doria. See that photo below:

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