The latest royal baby made his way into the world on Monday 6th May at 05:26. Proud parents the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – or Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they’re still fondly known – presented the royal baby to the world shortly after. Baby Archie has captured the hearts of the world already, and no more so than around Windsor, where the family call ‘home’.
To celebrate, we take a look at the best spots in and around Windsor where you can mark the arrival of baby Sussex.
Paying a visit to Windsor Castle is the perfect way to honour the arrival of baby Archie. The Queen’s favourite residence is a particularly special spot for Harry and Meghan, as it was in the castle’s St George’s Hall where the first press photos of Archie were taken. St George’s Chapel on the castle grounds is also where they got married last year – and a visit to the chapel is included in the ticket price of the castle.
This Royal Park next to Windsor Castle is a huge and glorious expanse of greenery just ripe for exploring. In particular, the Long Walk is a tree-lined avenue that frames a perfect vision of Windsor Castle at the end. Harry and Meghan travelled along part of the Long Walk in a horse-drawn carriage to greet well-wishers on their wedding day. Visitors to Windsor Great Park can hire a horse-drawn carriage and travel part of that very same route – a perfectly royal way to celebrate Archie’s birth.
The royal retreat of Frogmore House was where Harry and Meghan hosted their evening wedding reception last year – and is a neighbour of Frogmore Cottage, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now live with their son. Frogmore House and its gardens open to the public just three days a year on special charity days, which are happening this year on 28th, 29th and 30th May. This is a chance to wander around the house, gardens and explore The Royal Collection on the property – as well as imagine the beginnings of Harry and Meghan’s married life together.
A great British tradition that makes a ritual out of drinking tea and eating cake, afternoon tea and the royal family go hand in hand. And it just so happens that we serve afternoon tea in the Lounge at The Runnymede on Thames! As well as delectable finger sandwiches and a tower of homemade cakes and pastries, our afternoon tea comes with complimentary tea refills and a glass of A. Robert rosé champagne – perfect for toasting the new royal baby with.
Harry and Meghan have been pictured out and about on many boats, especially on their recent tour to Australia. We’re certain baby Archie has plenty of boating adventures in his future, particularly now the River Thames is now on his doorstep. Celebrate the outdoorsy spirit of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by hiring one of our riverboats and heading upriver to Windsor. We’ll even send you off with a picnic and drinks if you like, so you can make a whole day of it.
Following the latest government announcement, we are delighted to share the news that we will be re-opening the hotel including our restaurants, lounge and riverside terraces from Monday 17th May. The Spa will re-open to members and non-residents from Monday 12th April.