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Meghan and Harry’s Daughter Lilibet Has a Christening—And a New Title

13 months after Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was born in June 2021, she has formally had a christening ceremony. Individuals stories that Lilibet was christened on Friday, by the Reverend John Taylor, the present Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles. The ceremony happened within the couple’s Montecito house.

A spokesperson for the couple confirmed the occasion in an announcement to Individuals. “I can verify that Princess Lilibet Diana was christened on Friday, March 3 by the [Bishop] of Los Angeles, the Rev John Taylor,” it learn. 

The journal stories that Tyler Perry traveled from Atlanta to Los Angeles for the occasion, bringing alongside a ten -person gospel choir that sang “Oh Glad Day” and “This Little Gentle of Mine.” In December’s Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, Meghan and Harry revealed that that they had requested Perry to be one in every of Lilibet’s godparents. Individuals added that Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland was additionally current, together with an unnamed godmother, and that after the ceremony, Lilibet and her brother Archie Mountbatten-Windsor danced collectively at a reception. They added that King Charles III, Queen Consort Camilla, and the Prince and Princess of Wales had been all invited to the ceremony however didn’t attend.

Meghan transformed to the Church of England earlier than she married Harry, and Archie was baptized within the church in June 2019 throughout a personal ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Although it’s uncommon for a christening ceremony to happen at house, Ruth Graham of the New York Occasions noted that the Church of England web site says they will happen exterior of a church in “very distinctive circumstances.”

The truth that Meghan and Harry’s spokesperson have referred to as the toddler “Princess Lilibet” is an indication that the couple will in truth be utilizing the title of Prince and Princess for his or her youngsters, not less than in formal conditions. In accordance with a 1917 Letters Patent signed by Harry’s great-great-grandfather George V, all grandchildren of a monarch are entitled to “Prince” or “Princess.” Upon Charles’s accession to the throne in September, the adjustments for Archie and Lilibet weren’t acknowledged overtly, and the palace web site’s itemizing of the order of succession was not altered, despite the fact that new titles got for Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Later that month, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson instructed Buzzfeed Information that “the main target now could be on mourning the queen, and [the issue of Archie and Lilibet’s titles] is one thing for additional down the road.”

In accordance with Individuals, Buckingham Palace will quickly replace the web site to mirror Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet’s official titles.

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