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Cradled in the arms of his doting father, the newest addition to our oldest institution made his public debut at Windsor yesterday beneath the busts and portraits of former monarchs – and was then introduced to the current one.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, as the new seventh in line to the throne will be called, snoozed serenely through it all.
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It was all smiles later, too, as the proud parents took their son to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by the duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland.
Baby Archie may be the very model of modern royalty, a British-American descended from William the Conqueror and Robert the Bruce on one side and with African/Irish/Hollywood lineage on the other.
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He will, for now at least, have no royal title, as the Daily Mail revealed earlier this week. Nor will he be christened with the traditional version of his name. It is to be ‘Archie’, not ‘Archibald’, all the way.
As for Harrison, it was chosen for no other reason than that the couple liked the name and the inference that it suggests a ‘son of Harry’. All very 21st century. Yet Archie’s first official engagement in what could be a lifetime of such occasions could hardly have been more traditional.
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Instead of inviting cameras into their home at Frogmore Cottage, the duke and duchess had chosen St George’s Hall to present their first-born to the world.
The grandest and most spectacular of all Windsor Castle’s state apartments, it is lined with suits of shining armour, a homage to the patron saint of England and the Age of Chivalry.
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It is usually packed with tourists, when not hosting state banquets. Yesterday it was empty, save for a tiny media contingent, including one American as well as one British television camera in deference to the duchess’s homeland.
The couple appeared...
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