A Century of Royal Baby Pictures

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Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the firstborn child of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, made his official public debut today, as the the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posed for photographs outside Windsor Castle.

They also introduced little Archie to his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Prince Philip and Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.

"It's magic, it's pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I'm really happy," Markle told reporters. "He has the sweetest temperament, he's really calm ... he's just been the dream."

Archie might be the first Windsor to make their debut on Instagram, but it's hardly the first time a photo of a royal baby has made headlines. The birth of Prince William's children, George, Charlotte and Louis, generated much interest on both sides of the Atlantic. As did William and Harry's births decades ago.

It was in 1860 that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert became the first royals to have their photographs made available to the public. A year later, the Queen posed with her namesake baby daughter, Princess Victoria.

By 1894, flashbulbs were going off at the christening of Queen Victoria's great-grandson, the future King Edward VIII. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Below, take a peek inside the British royal family's photo album with a glimpse at royal babies from the 1800s to today.

6 Royal Babies - King Edward VIII 1894
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Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901) at the 1894 christening of her great-grandson, the future King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972), with the baby's mother, Mary of Teck, and grandmother, Alexandra. 

19 Royal Babies - King Edward VIII 1894
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Edward Albert Windsor, later King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972), created Duke of Windsor on his abdication, as a baby, circa 1894. 

27 Royal Babies - Princes and Princesses 1897
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From left, Princess Mary, (1897 - 1965), Prince Edward (1894 - 1972) and Prince Albert, (1895 - 1952), circa 1897. 

29 Royal Babies - Prince George 1905
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Prince George, Duke of Kent, (1902 - 1942), one of the six children of King George V and Queen Mary, circa 1905. 

Queen Elizabeth as a baby
May 1926: Elizabeth, Duchess of York (1900 - 2002) holding her baby, the future Queen Elizabeth II. Speaight/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
28 Royal Babies - Princess Margaret 1930
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Queen Elizabeth, Queen Consort to King George VI with Princesses Elizabeth (left) and Margaret Rose (1930 - 2002), circa 1930. 

30 Royal Babies - Prince William 1943
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The Duke of Gloucester carrying his baby son Prince William (1941 - 1972) on his shoulders at Barnwell Manor, Peterborough, July 1943. 

8 Royal Babies - Prince Charles 1949
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Childhood portrait of the baby Prince Charles in his basket, at Buckingham Palace, London, January 1949.