Royal baby christening clash: Queen faces impossible decision over Zara and Eugenie


This weekend, there will be a joint christening ceremony held in a private church which forms part of the Royal Lodge house for the latest two royal babies. The bundles of joy welcomed this year by Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie are among the Queen’s 12 great-grandchildren.

On February 9, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child August to the world.

While Zara and Mike Tindall welcomed their third child, Lucas Philip Tindall, on March 21.

The second cousins are to expected be baptised at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park this weekend.

The Queen is determined to be in attendance, a royal source has claimed.

The royal source told The Sun: “Her Majesty is very keen to be there as she knows how important this is for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

It is understood the sovereign will take a decision on the day and consult with her personal doctor in advance.

It comes after the Queen was forced to pull out of her appearance at last weekend’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph due to a sprained back.

Typically at royal ceremonies, the baby is christened using the Lily Font and wearing a replica of the Honiton Gown.

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The baptismal font – known as the Lily Font – which is used in royal christenings was also commissioned by Queen Victoria for her daughter.

The original gown was last worn by Lady Louise Windsor for her 2004 christening, with all royal babies following her having worn a replica made by the Queen’s personal wardrobe advisor, Angela Kelly.

The replica gown was most recently used for the christening of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child Archie, in July 2019.

Princess Eugenie’s son August was initially meant to be christened in July, however, it was rescheduled due to COVID.

The christening ceremony will be led by Canon Martin Poll, who is chaplain to Great Windsor Park.

Royal christenings are a source of celebration and normally sees members of the wider Royal Family gather to mark the occasion.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are among guests expected to be at tomorrow’s celebratory ceremony.

It is believed this occasion will be the first time two royals have been baptised together in this way.

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