Lilibet Diana christening now ‘unlikely’ to be held in UK ‘Lot of water under that bridge’

Lilibet Diana: Jobson says he can’t see baptism ‘happening in UK’

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Lilibet Diana has never been to the UK since she was born in Santa Barbara on June 4, 2021. The youngest child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was initially expected to be introduced to the Queen during the summer, with some speculating she could be baptised at Windsor’s St George’s Chapel like her brother, Archie Harrison. But with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex now not believed to be planning a visit until next year, expert Rob Jobson suggested it is “unlikely” Lilibet will be christened in the UK.

Good Morning Show host David Koch questioned Mr Jobson as they discussed Sunday’s christening of Princess Beatrice’s son, August Brooksbank, and Zara Tindall’s son, Lucas Tindall.

Mr Koch asked: “Could it have been a triple one for Lilibet from Harry and Meghan? Were they asked to be?”

The royal expert said: “It could have been a triple if they decided to come over and put everything aside. I think a lot of water under that bridge and we have to wait and see if that happens.

“I can’t see the baptism of Lilibet happening in the UK and it’s a bit of a shame and they have a better idea than I have and they are best to carry off.”

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Lilibet was born on June 4, 2021, and was named after a touching nickname for the Queen and her middle name ‘Diana’ is a tribute to her late paternal grandmother, Princess Diana. 

As with any royal occasion, there are certain traditions that have been adhered to for hundreds of years.

The Royal Family traditionally dresses all royal babies in the Honiton Gown, passed on from baby to baby since the times of Queen Victoria.

In 2004, the Queen commissioned a replica to her trusted dresser Angela Kelly and her youngest grandson, James, Viscount Severn, debuted in the gown in 2007.

While unclear whether Lucas or August donned the gown, the boys are believed to have been made part of another tradition – using water from the River Jordan during the ceremony.

Prince Charles last week received vials of the sacred water during his tour of Jordan.

The tradition was originally expected to include Lilibet Diana as well but speculation has now suggested Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not be returning to the UK until next year.

Sources alleged to Page Six that although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were invited to join the rest of the family at Sandringham this Christmas, they had agreed not to travel.

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Her Majesty is going to take time off again from her royal duties before Christmas so that she can welcome the family at Sandringham for Christmas.

According to a recent poll conducted by Express.co.uk, out of 20,592 people, at least 93 percent voted “NO” on the question of the return to the UK for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Christmas.

Some participants felt the Sussexes’ return to the UK for Christmas would only have a negative impact on the Queen’s wellbeing, due to their ability to “take the spotlight”.

It was a delight for the British public to spot the Queen making her first public appearance after she complained of back-sprain and canceled her attendance at the Cenotaph ceremony on Remembrance Day. 

Mr Jobson added: “She hasn’t really left Windsor for some time now, it’s only a short drive down the road to the Chapel.

“I am sure she has capabilities to do that, she should be sitting down during the service so I think she is clearly been under the not that well at the last month or so over the fact that she has attended the event and is paced very well through.

“It seems to be working for her, yeah, and I don’t think she is actually ill, she is just been told to not be too strenuous to what she is doing.

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