Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly eager for the Queen to meet their daughter and for her to be christened with the Queen by her side.
Lilibet Diana is the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and was born in Santa Barbara, California in June.
The rest of Harry’s family have yet to be introduced but her christening might be the perfect window.
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The Daily Record reports that the couple have put in a formal request to visit the Queen so she can meet her great-grandchild when they return to the UK.
Since relocating to the USA and stepped down from their royal duties, there has been a strain on the Royal family.
Prince Harry was last in the UK to unveil a statue in memory of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
It is said that Harry is still close to his grandmother and wants his daughter to be christened in Windsor.
Lilibet, shortened to Lili, is named after her great grandmother’s pet name and after Harry’s mum Diana.
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Although the Duke of Sussex is keen for her to christened in the UK, as Archie was, speculation is mounting that they may decide to do it in America as travel remains uncertain.
“The Sussexes were emphatic that they intended to do things their own way,” one source said – and time is ticking.
Whatever they decide, a closed-door christening is almost a certainty and some are suggesting that we may not even know it’s happening.
When will Lilibet be christened?
No date has yet been set, but speculation is naturally swirling.
The Sussex’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was baptised in front of close family and friends in the private chapel at Windsor Castle in July 2019.
He was two months old when the service was held.
Lilibet is already older than Archie was when he was christened – so it is understandable that the couple are keen to confirm a date.
Where will it happen?
As of last month, Harry and Meghan were said to be planning for Lilibet to be christened at Windsor in front of the Queen.
The Duke of Sussex made his ‘intentions clear’ and saw a return to the UK as a wonderful opportunity to build some bridges.
“Harry told people that they want to have Lili christened at Windsor, just like her brother,” a royal source said. “They are happy to wait until circumstances allow.”
But a month on, the silence has brought about speculation that the couple may need to make other plans.
Could it be held in the US?
According to one top royal commentator, that is looking increasingly likely.
Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk that there is a high possibility that she will be christened in California – and not the UK as they first hoped.
He said: “It must be likely that she will be christened in California though there were rumours of a possible christening at Windsor.”
“Harry and Meghan’s relations with the British press went badly downhill when Archie was christened in private and the names of the godparents were not released.”
Will the Queen attend the christening?
Prince Harry is reportedly desperate for his grandmother to be there this time.
A prior engagement meant the Queen was forced to miss Archie’s christening two years ago.
But royal experts say it puts her in a difficult position as the head monarch would not always attend celebrations for those low in the line for the throne.
The Queen was not present at Louis’, the third child of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
What is the royal tradition around christenings?
If the couple are to stick with tradition, Lilibet is likely to be christened within the next few weeks.
While there is no specified minimum or maximum age to have a royal child christened, many services happen within three months of the birth.
Children of the royal family are christened following the Holy Baptism of the Church of England, of which the Queen is the Supreme Governor.
Where did Archie’s christening take place?
Archie was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a private ceremony on July 6 2019.
He was two months old when the service took place in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.
The whole day was very hush-hush – the Duke and Duchess exclude the press and chose not to reveal the names of Archie’s godparents.
The event came six months before the couple stepped down as working members of the royal family to start a new life in America.