The Queen’s youngest great-grandchild Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor will celebrate his first birthday today, and royal fans are eagerly awaiting the release of a brand new photograph by his parents the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Due to the Sussexes’ recent departure from the front lines of royal life, the youngest member of the firm will celebrate the milestone occasion thousands of miles away with his mum and dad in Los Angeles.
But his relatives back in Blighty didn’t let that stop them wishing him a happy birthday, as several members of the British royal family took to social media to share tributes to the adorable tot.
Leading the tributes were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who shared a throwback photo from Archie’s christening, which took place in the private chapel in Windsor Castle last July, on Instagram on Wednesday morning (UK time). Alongside the image they posted a short-but-sweet message which read: “Wishing Archie a very happy first birthday today!”
The official Royal family account also wished Master Archie the best on his birthday, with a message that read: “Happy Birthday to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor who is celebrating his 1st birthday today! Archie is The Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.”
While the official Clarence House account, which represents the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, shared a message which read: “A very Happy Birthday to Archie, who turns one today. This photo of Archie and his grandfather was taken following his christening in July 2019.”
Many royal fans also shared their own messages of joy and well-wishes on the occasion of Archie’s first birthday, with one writing: “Time passed so quickly… he must be missed. Happy birthday Archie sweetie.”
Another commented: “I can’t believe it’s been one year! Congratulations!” While another said: “Wishing you a beautiful day with good health and happiness forever. Happy birthday Archie.”
Prince Harry and Meghan, who moved to Los Angeles in March following their official exit from senior royalty, reportedly confirmed to a number of media outlets that they would release a brand new image of their son to mark his birthday on May 6. However due to the time difference, this is expected to be published on Thursday AEST.
The couple have only shared a handful of images of their only child with the public, and famously kept his christening private. This was in stark contrast to Prince William and Catherine whose children are seen quite often by the public, with the duchess even sharing images she has taken herself of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Loius.