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Queen’s christening attendance ‘extremely good news’ but still no update over Lilibet

On Sunday afternoon, Queen Elizabeth II, 95, was among guests attending Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie’s joint christening for their royal babies. Close friends and immediate family members gathered for the ceremony held at All Saints Chapel in Great Windsor Park.

Images from the event show Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank beaming as they arrived at the ceremony for the baptism of their first child August who was born in February.

Zara and Mike Tindall arrived in separate cars for the occasion, during which their third child Lucas Philip Tindall, born in March, was christened alongside his second cousin.

Her Majesty’s attendance comes after a series of cancelled engagements from the monarch following her overnight stay in hospital last month.

Last weekend, Her Majesty was forced to pull out of attending the Remembrance Sunday service in London after spraining her back.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk that it was “extremely good news” to see the Queen back in action after her period of rest.

He added that the ceremony would have likely seen some traditions being observed, such as the wearing of the replica of the Honiton Gown, a royal christening gown.

He said: “It is extremely good news that the Queen attended the joint christening today and it is to be hoped this will be the first of many engagements she will be able to attend in the coming months.

“It will have brought her much personal pleasure to attend this important event in the lives of two of her great-grandchildren.

READ MORE: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank show baby August at christening

Notably, Mr Fitzwilliams pointed out that there had yet to be any information about the baptism of the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

He said: “Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall brought back some bottles of holy water from the River Jordan, which is used in royal baptisms, on their recent trip.

“There has been no information as to when or where Lilibet, the Sussexes second child, is to be baptised.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who stepped away from royal duties in 2020, welcomed their daughter Lilibet Diana in June.

The couple christened their first child Archie, now two, in a private ceremony two months after he was born.

Archie was baptised in the private chapel at Windsor Castle.

The couple released photos, taken by photographer Chris Allerton, just a few hours after the ceremony took place.

Meghan and Harry have not released any information as to whether they plan to christen their daughter or as to whether a ceremony has already taken place.

Read more here Daily Express :: Royal Feed

‘Great news!’ Tickets for popular tourist activity stopped as it is branded ‘cruel’

THE MAJOR travel company, Expedia has announced it will no longer sell holidays that include tickets to controversial whale and dolphin shows. The Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson has been a leading voice in the campaign against the shows.

Read more here Daily Express :: Travel News Feed

GB News’ Wootton highlights inconsistency in Meghan & Harry’s royal exit ‘Why not stay?’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have come under fire from GB News host Dan Wootton for their recent appearances in New York. The couple have embarked on a three-day post royal excursion, where they have conducted a number of engagements, including visiting a primary school in Harlem and attending a photocall at One World Trade Centre. Dan Wootton  questioned why the Sussexes did not remain in the Royal Family if they wished to be “treated like royals”. 

Speaking to royal expert Robert Jobson on GB News, Mr Wootton said: “They’re acting as if this was a royal tour, but they’re not royal.

“They’ve wanted to go to the US to live a normal life as private citizens.

“I just don’t understand this, if they wanted to do tours internationally and be treated like royals, then why did they not stay in the Royal Family?”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in New York on Wednesday, and have spent the last three days undertaking a number of official engagements, similar to those carried out by working members of the Royal Family. 

READ MORE: Meghan and Harry’s vaccine campaign questioned: ‘Who would be influenced?’

Prince Harry and Meghan began their tour with a visit to the One World Trade Centre on Thursday morning, where they were joined by Bill de Blasio, the New York City Mayor, and Kathy Hochul, the New York State Governor.

Dozens of security guards and NYPD officers with sniffer dogs accompanied the couple, with members of the press invited for the photocall. 

One World Trade Centre was built on the site of the original Twin Towers, which were destroyed after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. 

Meghan and Harry’s visit to the site comes two weeks after New York commemorated the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. 

In a statement released afterwards, the Sussexes said: “In this room, we had a number of the foremost leaders on public health, pandemic preparedness, scientific progress, and community building. Today’s meeting was a much-appreciated opportunity to learn from some of the most respected experts who are working tirelessly to end this pandemic.

“Building on ongoing conversations we’ve had with global leaders over the past 18 months, today further reinforced our commitment to vaccine equity.”

On Friday, the couple joined primary school children at PS 123, Mahalia Jackson, in Harlem, where Meghan recited her children’s book, The Bench. 

The event was designed to promote literacy amongst economically disadvantaged children. 

Prince Harry and Meghan are also due to take part in the Global Citizen Live, an event organised to encourage world leaders to develop a vaccine equity policy to help end the Covid-19 pandemic.

Their New York visit marks the couple’s first official outing since leaving the Royal Family in 2020. 

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