A look at Prince Archie of Sussex on his fifth birthday

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Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on 6 May 2019 in London’s Portland Hospital as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

He was born during the reign of his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and as such, he did not hold any princely titles. Titles are limited to the monarch’s children, male-line grandchildren and the children of the first son of the Prince of Wales. Upon Queen Elizabeth’s death in 2022, Archie became Prince Archie of Sussex as a male line grandson of King Charles III.

Archie was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury on 6 July 2019 in the private chapel of Windsor Castle. His godparents were not named publicly but it has been rumoured they include his father, Prince Harry’s childhood nanny, Tiggy Pettifer, and the Duke of Westminster.

Kept primarily out of the limelight, Archie did join his parents on a tour of southern Africa in 2019. During that trip, he met Archbishop Desmond Tutu while in South Africa, in one of his first public appearances.

At the beginning of 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from being working members of the Royal Family and moved first to Canada and then to the Duchess’s home state of California.

Prince Archie has one younger sibling – Princess Lilibet (Lili) – who was named after the late Queen Elizabeth.

The Sussex family lives in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, California.

As a dual American-British citizen, Archie is the closest American to the British throne, ranking sixth in the line of succession.

Now that Archie has turned five, he will begin Kindergarten in the autumn.

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Brittani Barger
Brittani is from the United States and has been researching, writing and reporting on the royals for over a decade. Successfully gaining exclusives and interviews with royals across the globe, Brittani left her role as an editor for another news site to help bring you Royal News. She's been seen on BBC World, WION News and other news programs to discuss the royal families.

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