Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall may have changed royal christenings forever

On Sunday, a joint christening ceremony took place for two royal babies – the sons of both Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall. It is believed the ceremony marked the first time two royals have been baptised together in this way.

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank finally got to baptise their first son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank last weekend.

August was born on February 9 this year, and his arrival made Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York grandparents for the first time.

The couple had initially planned the christening for July, but due to Covid, the ceremony had been cancelled.

August was baptised in a joint ceremony with his second cousin Lucas Philip Tindall, the third child of Zara and Mike Tindall.

The couple have two other children, Mia, seven and Lena, three, while baby Lucas was welcomed into the world on March 21.

The christening ceremony took place at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.

The guest list for the event included close friends and immediate family members including the Queen.

The appearance of the 95-year-old monarch was particularly noteworthy considering her recent ill-health which has seen her cancel numerous appearances and engagements.

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“And put them together which makes total sense to be because her time is limited.”

Her Majesty was witnessed wearing a bright green hat in photos that show her leaving the christening venue in a chauffeured vehicle.

The ceremony marked the first in-person engagement for the Queen since she was forced to pull out of her appearance at a Remembrance Sunday service after spraining her back.

Prior to this, she had been ordered to rest by doctors after spending her first night in the hospital in eight years recently.

The royal babies being baptised are among the Queen’s 12 great-grandchildren.

Typically at royal christening ceremonies, the baby being baptised wears a replica of the Honiton Gown.

The original garment was last worn for Lady Louise’s christening in 2004, while the replica was last worn by Archie, the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in 2019.

While there is only one traditional lace christening gown available, there was much speculation among royal watchers as to which – if any – baby wore the gown.