Why Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie joint christening was a surprise

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Royal fans were treated to a double christening this weekend. Princess Eugenie and her cousin Zara Tindall hosted a joint christening for their sons on Sunday evening. Although the cousins reportedly have a close relationship, their decision to hold a joint baptism may have raised a few eyebrows after Zara’s controversial comments at Eugenie’s wedding.

The royal cousins gave birth to their sons just one month apart.

Zara’s eight-month-old son Lucas Tindall, was christened alongside Eugenie’s nine-month-old son August Brooksbank on November 21.

The rare royal double christening at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, was a private service.

The intimate event was attended by close family and friends only.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were reportedly among the guests, as well as the Duke of York.

The Queen managed to attend the event, despite fears she would have to pull out over health concerns.

A royal insider told the Mirror: “Her Majesty is very keen to be there as she knows how important this is for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

“It’s set to be a heartwarming family occasion and a time of real celebration after what has been some challenging times for certain royals of late, including the Queen herself.

“She is keen to attend such a wonderful event after the great personal disappointment of missing last Sunday’s Remembrance events.”

The royal cousins are believed to have a very close relationship – they regularly keep each other in the loop with updates about their work and family life shared in their joint WhatsApp group, according to the Mirror.

But Zara and Eugenie’s decision to host a joint christening may have come as a surprise to royal insiders, as Zara’s comments at Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018 may have caused a rift between the pair.

Zara was caught making a cheeky remark to her cousin Prince Harry, which could’ve landed her in hot water with Eugenie.

According to a lip reader, Zara told Harry: “It’s very quiet compared to the screaming at your wedding.”

But these comments didn’t appear to create a royal rift between Zara and her younger cousin Eugenie, as the joint christening went ahead as planned.

Princess Eugenie was pictured arriving at the venue just before 4pm for the christening, which was held later that evening.

The service was conducted by Canon Martin Poll, chaplain to Great Windsor Park.

It took place in the private Grade-II listed church, Royal Chapel of All Saints, which is attached to the Royal Lodge house.

The venue is no doubt very close to Princess Eugenie’s heart, as it was her childhood home. Her parents, the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, still live there.

The double christening was a royal first, as traditionally royal babies are baptised in separate ceremonies.

Royal commentator Penny Junor told the Metro: “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.

“She’s very spiritual, a christening is a very important occasion for the head of the Church of England and being there will be of great importance to her.”

 

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