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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby, Archie, is christened in private ceremony

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By Minyvonne Burke  with NBC News World News
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This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at Windsor Castle on July 6, 2019.   -   Copyright  Chris Allerton/SussexRoyal

Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle gathered with close family and friends on Saturday for the christening of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The intimate ceremony took place in the private chapel at Windsor Castle and was to be attended by roughly 25 people, including Prince William and Kate Middleton and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland.

Queen Elizabeth was not able to attend because of a prior engagement.

Although Harry and Meghan chose to keep the ceremony private, they did offer a glimpse into the moment by releasing official christening photos including posting pictures on Instagram following the ceremony and thanking for the public for their support.

"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," the post read. "They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment."

Archie was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, according to a Royal Communications press release.

The images were captured by photographer Chris Allerton, who took the royal couple's wedding pictures in May 2018.

Harry and Meghan chose to stray slightly from tradition by not revealing the names of Archie's godparents. In a statement this week, Buckingham Palace said: "The godparents, in keeping with their wishes, will remain private."

Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, welcomed baby Archie on May 6. He was introduced to the world two days later.