Queen attends Eugenie and Zara's sons' christenings after health battle

Despite having to pull out of November 11th's Remembrance Day service due to ill health, the Queen has since attended the joint christening of her two great-grandchildren over the weekend.

The 95-year-old monarch was present at the service for Princess Eugenie's son August and Zara Tindall's son Lucas at All Saints Chapel in Great Windsor Park on Sunday afternoon.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II wears a blue lace coat during a reception for international business and investment leaders at Windsor Castle to mark the Global Investment Summit on October 19, 2021 in Windsor, England
Queen Elizabeth II (pictured at the Global Investment Summit on October 19) has attended the joint christening of two of her great-grandchildren. Photo: Getty Images.

Queen attends joint christening

The Queen — who has 11 great-grandchildren — was seen arriving in a striking green suit at the special event just a week after skipping her Remembrance Sunday duties at the Cenotaph due to a back sprain.

Her son, Prince Charles stepped in and laid a wreath on her behalf while the Duchess of Cambridge, took the Queen's place on the balcony to look on.

But the Queen was reportedly determined to be present at the 'heart-warming family occasion' when Eugenie, 31, and Zara, 40, had their babies christened.

"Her Majesty is very keen to be there as she knows how important this is for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren," a royal source told The Sun.


Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank pose with their newborn son, August. Photo: Instagram/princesseugenie.
Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank with their newborn son, August. Photo: Instagram/princesseugenie.

"It's set to be a heart-warming 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."

Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank welcomed her first child, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank on February 9.

And just over a month later, Zara and her husband, Mike Tindall, welcomed their third child, Lucas Philip Tindall in a surprise home birth on March 21. The pair are already parents to two daughters: seven-year-old Mia and two-year-old Lena.

The Queen's outing comes after her former daughter-in-law, Sarah Ferguson — who is grandmother to August — revealed that the senior royal is "doing well".

She said: "She is doing well. She is my icon. When I see her, I pinch myself to remind myself how lucky I am. She is an extraordinary woman."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets Britain's Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter, during an audience at Windsor Castle, west of London on November 17, 2021. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen met with Britain's Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Nick Carter on November 17, 2021. Photo: Getty Images.

Queen's health woes

A few days before the christening, the Queen carried out an in-person engagement with General Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the defence staff at Windsor Castle.

The meeting was her first since October 20 when she was taken to King Edward VII Hospital in London "as a precaution" where she was assessed for symptoms of gastroenteritis.

The Queen stayed overnight and was discharged the following day 'in good spirits'. All her official engagements for the following week, including a trip to Rome, were either cancelled or postponed.

The overnight stay was her first in a hospital for eight years and came after she had already cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland. She went on to skip the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow after being advised to rest by her doctors.

Prince Charles, 73, recently insisted his mother was feeling "alright", while carrying out an engagement during his and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's tour of Jordan.

He said: "She's alright thank you very much. Once you get to 95 it's not quite as easy as it used to be. It's bad enough at 73."

With additional reporting by BANG Showbiz.

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