The Queen will not attend the christening of Archie Harrison on Saturday, despite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex changing the date of the occasion to try and accommodate Her Majesty.
According to the Daily Mail, the 93-year-old Monarch will be enjoying a rare weekend at home with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
After conducting an impressive 40 engagements in June and a further number of visits in Scotland over the past few days to mark Holyrood Week, it is no surprise that Her Majesty has cleared the weekend free to relax.
The Duke & Duchess of Sussex had moved the date of Archie’s christening from Friday to Saturday after realising that both The Queen and the Prince of Wales both had engagements.
There is no need for The Queen to attend royal christenings, and indeed, she and Prince Philip were absent from the baptism of Prince Louis last year.
But, the Daily Mail quotes a Buckingham Palace source who claims that Harry & Meghan perhaps have not been the most accommodating in finding a suitable date for the christening.
The source said: “There is huge support for the couple in not wanting to conform to tradition.
“They are young, they are striking out on a different path from other members of the Royal Family and there is enormous goodwill for them. But they shouldn’t do that without regard for tradition.
“Her Majesty was already scheduled to be in Scotland for her annual Holyrood Week and had a prior engagement at the weekend.
Archie Harrison will be christened on Saturday 6th July at Windsor Castle in a private ceremony by the Archbishop of Canterbury.