Zara Tindall vs Eugenie: Zara to snub 160-year-old baby tradition Eugenie likely to follow

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ZARA TINDALL and Princess Eugenie have both given birth to sons in recent weeks but the royal mums are expected to take different approaches when it comes to their babies’ christenings.

This means that the royal cousins are expected to take different approaches when it comes to observing Windsor Family traditions.

Eugenie gave birth to her first child August Philip Hawke on February 9 and is expected to give him a traditional royal christening.

One of the key customs upheld at these ceremonies relates to the royal christening gown.

For more than a century, royal babies were baptised wearing a Honiton Lace christening gown first commissioned by Queen Victoria.

The gown was worn by every royal baby for 163 years up until 2004 when Prince Edward, 57, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex’s firstborn Lady Louise Windsor, 17, was the last Windsor child to wear the original gown that had become fragile.

Since then royal babies have all worn a precise replica of the traditional christening outfit and Eugenie’s son August is expected to do the same.

Explaining the special tradition in the Channel 5 documentary, Secrets of the Royals, expert Roya Nikkhah said: “The Honiton lace christening gown is the most wonderful symbol of royal tradition when it comes to royal babies.

“This is the christening gown that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had made for their first child, Princess Victoria, for her baptism in 1841.”

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Ms Nikkhah added: “Around 2004 when Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex’s firstborn was wearing it, lady Louise was wearing it, the Queen noticed it was looking quite fragile.

“She commissioned her dresser Angela Kelly to make an exact replica to be worn by future babies.”

Given that Eugenie has a Princess title and was granted a lavish royal wedding when she tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank in 2018, it seems highly likely she will have a royal christening.

Zara and her husband Mike Tindall, however, are highly unlikely to do the same with Baby Lucas.

The down-to-earth couple opted for low-key private christenings for both their daughters Lena, two, and Mia, six.

While both the christenings were attended by Royal Family members including the Queen, they were free from the pomp and ceremony usually associated with royal events.

Zara and Mike’s unorthodox birth announcement marked a clear break from royal tradition earlier this week.

Rather than allowing the Royal Household to announce their baby news to the world, Mike shared the happy news while speaking on his rugby podcast, The Good The Bad and The Rugby.

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Describing his son’s birth, the proud father said: “Arrived very quickly.

“Didn’t make it to hospital. On the bathroom floor.”

“So yeah, it was running to the gym, get a mat, get into the bathroom, get the mat on the floor, towels down, brace, brace, brace.”

He added: “Fortunately the midwife who was going to meet us at the hospital wasn’t that far away so she drove up just as we had assumed the posit [position] and the second midwife arrived just after the head had arrived.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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