A year ago today, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first son Archie Harrison to the world. While a lot has changed since then, one thing has stayed the same — little Archie and the rest of the Royal babies are undoubtably adorable. In ho-nor of Archie’s first birthday, we took a look back at all Royal babies through the years. Click through to see them all…
Princess Elizabeth: Now the Queen, Elizabeth arrived third in line to the throne on April 21 1926. She was born by caesarean section in her maternal grandparents’ London home, 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, while the home secretary Sir William Joynson-Hicks waited in the next room. The presence of the government minister was an age-old cust-om designed to ensure that no substitute had been smu**led in hidden in a warming pan or similar receptacle. Apparently one of Elizabeth’s first ac-ts was to yawn at Sir William.
Elizabeth’s father George VI only became king after the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in 1936, so when she was born, the princess was not expected to be Queen. Pictured: Princess Elizabeth waves to cro*ds as she arrives back in Piccadilly in 1928.
Prince Charles: Now the Prince of Wales, baby Charles was born at Buckingham Palace – the Queen had all four of her children at home. The Duke of Edinburgh, said to be ‘not indifferent but restl-ess’, played squash while his wife was in labour. Baby Charles arrived at 9:14pm on November 14, 1948, weighing 7lb 6oz. Pictured: Princess Elizabeth holding her son Charles after his christening. Charles’s birth was the first in centuries without a government minister present to wit*ess the arrival of a future heir to the throne.
Princess Anne: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s second child, and their only daughter, Anne, now the Princess Royal, was born in 1950. Elizabeth wrote to a friend how she hoped Charles (pictured left) would take kindly to his new sibling, joking how he encountered one baby and ‘tri*d to pull her toes off and po*e her eyes out’.
The prince gr-ew into a sensitive home-loving child, while Anne, pictured center, was more boi*tero*s: ‘Princess Anne was a very naughty little girl, a regular monkey,’ a member of Philip’s staff told biographer Sarah Bradford.
Prince Andrew: Now the Duke of York, Andrew was born in 1960 and was a chubby, happy baby. Pictured: With one hand for his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the other for big sister Princess Anne, laughing Prince Andrew sits up in his stroller on the grounds of Balmoral. He was the first baby born to a reigning monarch for 103 years, and the Queen, who was settled in her role as so*erei-gn, had more time to devote to her third child.
Prince Edward: The Queen’s youngest offspring Prince Edward, now the Earl of Wessex, arrived in 1964, and she told a friend: ‘Goodn-ess what fun it is to have a baby in the house again!’ Pictured: The Queen with Prince Edward as they leave Liverpool Street Station for Sandringham in 1964. Andrew was particularly fond of his younger brother, des!rib*ng him as ‘my baby’.
Prince William: Now the Duke of Cambridge, Wills became the first future British king to be born in a hospital. He arrived at 9.03pm on June 21, 1982 at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. Charles, who was at the birth, wrote to a friend: ‘He really does look surprisingly ap-petiz-ing and has sa*s*ge fingers just like mine.’
At the time, new mothers usually stayed in hospital for between five and eight days after giving birth, but the Princess of Wales took many by surprise by leaving 21 hours after William was born. Pictured: Prince William at Kensington Palace in December 1982.
Prince Harry: Prince Henry of Wales, now known as just Harry, was born on September 15 1984. The arrival of a second son was a surprise to Charles, but not to Diana. The princess told biographer Andrew Morton when she collab-orated with him on the bo*bshell book Diana: Her True Story: ‘I knew Harry was going to be a boy because I saw it on the scan. Charles always wanted a girl… I knew Harry was a boy and I didn’t tell him.’
A smiling Charles chatted to reporters outside the hospital, describing his new son as ‘marvelous’, adding when asked if he expected a boy: ‘No. It doesn’t matter what it was as long as it’s alright… I couldn’t be more delighted.’ Pictured: Three-month-old Prince Harry pulls at his histo*ic Royal christening robe.
Prince George: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child, Prince George, was introduced to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing in 2013, wrapped in a white shawl.
The future king weighed 8lb 6oz, and the duke said in a statement that he and the duch-ess ‘could not be happier’. George’s next public appearance showed how much he had grown, when the three-month-old was carried into his christening by his proud father.
Princess Charlotte: Doll-like Princess Charlotte made her debut on the steps of the Lindo in 2015. Charlotte was photographed by Kate at Anmer Hall ahead of her first birthday.
Prince Louis: The youngest Cambridge sibling, Prince Louis, arri-ved on patriotic St George’s Day in 2018. His name – a tribute to Charles’s much-loved great uncle Earl Mountbatten who was mu*de*ed by the IRA – was not announced until four days later. William joked he had ‘thrice the w**ry’ as he took the prince home to Kensington Palace.
Archie: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle presented Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor inside the majestic St George’s Hall – instead of outside the hospital where the baby was delivered – on May 8, 2019, two days after the baby was born. In a br*ak with tradition, the former senior Royals decided to keep the birth of their first son private and instead posed for pictures and answered several questions before leaving the hall for a meeting with the Queen.
Four months later, Archie was pictured alongside his parents in South Africa during his first official tour. Royal fans were quick to point out the facial similarities between Prince Harry as a baby and his young son.