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Here’s why Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip missed great-grandson Archie’s christening

People reported that the Queen’s absence was due to a string of prior commitments, while her husband Philip, who retired from public duty, does not attend many events.

world Updated: Jul 07, 2019 14:08 IST
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This official handout Christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (centre left), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor flanked by (L-R) Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, west of London on July 6, 2019.
This official handout Christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (centre left), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex holding their baby son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor flanked by (L-R) Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, west of London on July 6, 2019. (AFP)
         

Royal christening of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor that took place on Saturday was not attended by the great-grandparents of Archie-Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

People reported that the Queen’s absence was due to a string of prior commitments, while her husband Philip, who retired from public duty, does not attend many events.

Also, the Queen is prepping for her summer holiday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She usually goes to her Scottish residence in late July every year as Buckingham Palace is thrown open for visitors. However, she continues to work during the holidays.

The Queen had attended the christenings of great-grandkids Prince George and Princess Charlotte but did not attend Prince Louis’ christening last year.

A source had told People that the decision of not attending Louis’ christening was “mutually agreed” between the Queen, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland were in attendance at Saturday’s event.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Jul 07, 2019 13:42 IST