Princess Eugenie broke royal tradition twice with baby boy ahead of christening


PRINCESS EUGENIE and her husband Jack Brooksbank’s son will be christened today, but his parents broke royal tradition on the day he was born.

The Queen is determined to be in attendance after being forced to pull out of last weekend’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph due to a sprained back.

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

Royal christenings are usually an extravagant affair, filled with celebration, and often accompanied with a host of official photographs and a wealth of tradition.

Yet, tradition is something Eugenie and her husband steered away from when they welcomed August into the world earlier this year.

Royal babies generally make their first public appearance outside the hospital hours after they are born.

Princess Eugenie, Jack Brooksbank and August

Eugenie and Jack welcomed August to the world in February. (Image: Instagram: @princesseugenie)

Eugenie with Jack and August

August is Eugenie and Jack’s first child. (Image: Instagram: @princesseugenie)

Princess Diana, Sarah Ferguson and the Duchess of Cambridge all followed this tradition.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, however, chose not to.

Instead, they introduced Archie to the world via an interview and a photocall that they had organised themselves.

For Eugenie and Jack, they took a much more modern royal approach — introducing August via Instagram.

Taking to the photo and video sharing site on Tuesday, February 9, Eugenie uploaded a wonderful black-and-white photo of her and Jack’s hands cradling August’s tiny fingers and arm.

Birth of August Philip Hawke Brooksbank

August’s birth was confirmed in an adorable Instagram post. (Image: Instagram: @princesseugenie)

She captioned the heartwarming photo with three blue hearts and two exclamation marks.

The post received more than 530,000 likes and almost 19,000 comments.

Previous announcements of royal births have come within hours, or even minutes.

Eugenie’s birth, in contrast, was announced some ten hours later.

Meghan was one of the later announcements, as Archie’s arrival was confirmed eight hours after he was born.

August Brooksbank

The couple have shared a series of adorable pictures on Instagram. (Image: Instagram: @princesseugenie)

A statement read: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9 February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital.

“Jack Brooksbank was present. The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz.”

The statement confirmed both Eugenie and August were “doing well” and expressed the delight of the wider family.

Zara and Mike Tindall’s third child, Lucas, arrived six weeks after his second cousin August.

Mike told his ‘The Good, The Bad & The Rugby’ podcast shortly after the birth that Lucas arrived “very quickly”.

Zara and Mike Tindall

Zara and Mike Tindall’s son will also be baptised this weekend. (Image: GETTY)

He was born on the bathroom floor of the couple’s Gatcombe Park home, weighing 8lbs 4oz.

Lucas has two older siblings — seven-year-old Mia and three-year-old Lena.

Both August and Lucas have Philip as their middle name, in tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s christening, royal commentator Penny Junor told The Sun: “I’ve never heard of two royal babies being christened together like this but it will be wonderful to have the Queen there.

“It would also send a fantastic message to the world that she is not ready to leave us yet.

It is not yet clear which baby, if either of them, will wear the traditional royal christening gown.

What is clear, however, is that fresh holy water will be used during the service.

Prince Charles brought back bottles from the River Jordan — where Jesus was baptised — after a trip there this week.

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


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