Queen Elizabeth attended the christening of Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall's sons
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Queen Elizabeth Attends Rare Royal Double Christening At Windsor

Queen Elizabeth II attended the royal christening of two of her great-grandchildren on Sunday. For one thing, this was a very rare event for the royal family. However, there was also a moving significance behind the date set for the christenings. Meanwhile, another touching note relates to the two babies’ names.

Queen Elizabeth attends two royal christenings

Sunday saw the christening of Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank’s son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, born on February 9. At the time, Eugenie was lauded for looking so natural and real in her post-partum photos. Meanwhile, the event also saw the christening of Mike and Zara Tindall’s son, Lucas Philip Tindall at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Great Windsor Park.

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Jack Brooksbank with baby August [Image @princesseugenie/Instagram]
It is significant to note that when both babies were born earlier this year, their parents gave them the middle name Philip. The babies’ names are a touching tribute to their great-grandfather, Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at the age of 99 on April 9, when August was two months old. Meanwhile, baby Lucas was less than three weeks old when Prince Philip passed away.

Significant facts about the royal christening

The two royal cousins shared a joint christening on November 21, 2021. The celebration was held one day after what would have been Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s 74th wedding anniversary. Attending her great-grandchildrens’ christenings no doubt gave the Queen comfort at such a difficult time. In fact, being surrounded by her closest royal family members must have been very reassuring for Her Majesty.

The rare double christening also came 181 years after the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s eldest child, Victoria. Moreover, the Princess Royal was born on November 21, 1840. When Victoria was christened in February 1841, she wore a Spitalfields silk and Honiton lace christening gown. Meanwhile, the same gown was worn by 62 royal babies, including Queen Elizabeth herself.

However, the gown was used for the last time at the christening of the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s daughter, Lady Louise Windsor on April 24, 2004. At that time, the garment was deemed too delicate to be used again. However, the Queen commissioned an exact replica of the original robe.

Who wore the replica christening gown?

That replica gown was worn by Prince William and Kate Middleton’s three children at their christenings. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wore it, along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie.

As reported by Hello Magazine, it is currently unknown whether Princess Eugenie and Zara’s sons, August and Lucas wore the gown. Possibly, the two babies took turns in wearing the beautiful replica gown for their baptisms.

Meanwhile, the christening was the first time the Queen has been seen in public in almost a month. She recently suffered health problems and was in the hospital for one day.

Anne Sewell

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