Queen Quietly Attends Strange Double Christening at Windsor Chapel
It was a refreshing sight for royal fans when pictures of the Queen out and about earlier this Sunday emerged. The Monarch attended a double christening of her two great-grandsons at Windsor chapel following news she sprained her back the previous Sunday.
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There were fears that the Queen wouldn’t be able to make the engagement, but Her Majesty revealed to courtiers her desire to fight the pain rather than not attending the ceremony.
The christening ceremony was held on behalf of Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall’s firstborn sons. As guests began to arrive at the event, there were initially confused reports saying that Her Majesty will not be in attendance as she recovers at Windsor Castle.
However, a snap captured the 95-year-old leaving the ceremony, which took place at All Saints Chapel in Great Windsor Park, Berkshire, in a green range rover.
Courtiers were made aware of the Queen’s intention to be present during the service for Lucas Phillip Tindall and August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.
Queen Elizabeth the II, who has been carrying out light duties from her desk in Windsor Castle as she recovers, wore lime green for the occasion.
Eugenie stunned in a white silk dress, paired with a statement band and blue pendant necklace.
Zara, who drove herself to the venue, wore a black ensemble paired with pearl earrings. Zara’s husband Mike was seen beaming as he arrived in a separate vehicle wearing a smart blazer.
Millions worried over the Queen’s health after she missed Remembrance Sunday on November 14, despite previously insisting on attending it.
However, two days later, Her Majesty was seen standing and chatting with General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defense Staff at Windsor Castle.
Her eldest child Prince Charles later revealed that she is fine, adding that it’s not quite so easy at 95.
Following her doctor’s orders to rest, the monarch cancelled most of her public engagements. But royal commentator Penny Junor noted that the christening ceremony would have been hard for the Queen to miss.
She said: “I’ve never heard of two royal babies being christened together like this.
“The Queen is very spiritual, a christening is a very important occasion for the head of the Church of England and being there will be of great importance to her.
“She’s very fond of Zara and Mike, and Eugenie too.”
Prince Charles, who recently toured Jordan with his wife Camilla, is said to have brought back bottles of water for both the christening and for future ones.
Attendees at Lucas Tindall and August Brooksbank
While all eyes were on the Queen, there were several other eye-catching guests at the ceremony. Among them was Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas, who wore gold hoop earrings and a gold headband.
She attended alongside her husband Harry Wentworth-Stanley. Cressida was reportedly introduced to the 37-year-old Duke of Sussex by long-time friend Eugenie.
August’s paternal grandparents George and Nicola Brooksbank were also spotted arriving at the chapel.
August, who currently occupies the 13th spot in the line of succession, arrived in February at London’s Portland Hospital. His Christening was originally scheduled to take place in July at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.
However, the celebration was delayed after a member of the attending party tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Lucas was welcomed in March. His birth was quite unexpected and remarkably happened on the floor of the Brooksbanks’ bathroom.
Proud dad Mike revealed the baby’s arrival on his rugby podcast. Speaking on The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, he said: “Sunday got even better because a little baby boy arrived at my house! Yeah brilliant, six o’clock last night,
“We haven’t got a name yet, we’re still working on it, we always struggle with that, we’ve never picked one before they arrived.
“8lb 4oz, very bonny. Arrived very quickly, didn’t make it to hospital, on the bathroom floor!”
Both boys were christened at the private Grade-II listed church which forms part of the Royal Lodge house — the Queen Mother’s former home, now occupied by Prince Andrew and ex-wife Fergie.
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