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Why Princess Eugenie Was Forced to Call Off Her Son’s Christening at the Last Minute

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, had planned to have their son’s christening on July 10, but had to cancel it at the last minute, leaving many wondering why.

When Princess Eugenie’s son was born and where he falls in the line of sucession to the throne

August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie’s son, was born on February 9, 2021, and he is in the line of succession to the throne. “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son at The Portland Hospital,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement announcing the birth. Jack Brooksbank was in attendance. The baby is 8 lbs 1 oz… This is Princess Eugenie’s first child with Jack Brooksbank… Her Royal Highness is doing well, as is her child.”

August was 11th in the line of succession to the British throne at the time of his birth, behind his mother. That changed after Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex welcomed Lilibet Diana into the world. August’s position will change whenever someone in line ahead of Eugenie has a child.

The reason Eugenie and her husband had to call off August’s christening

August was supposed to be baptised on July 10, but it was cancelled at the last minute.

According to the Mirror, one of the people scheduled to attend the ceremony was notified to self-isolate via the NHS COVID-19 app. “One guest tested positive or was pinged for COVID contact, so no one else was able to gather,” the royal source said. As a result, they decided to postpone the service and reception party.”

Eugenie’s grandmother, the queen, the princess’s parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, as well as her sister Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, were all expected to attend. Following the baptism, a reception was planned at Royal Lodge, Prince Andrew’s home where he lives with the Duchess of York.

Will the baby wear the 1 thing all Queen Elizabeth’s other great-grandchildren wore when they were baptized?

The princess and Brooksbank are said to be planning to reschedule August’s christening for later this summer, and their son is expected to wear the priceless lace christening gown worn by all of Queen Elizabeth’s great-grandchildren. The gown is an exact replica of the one commissioned by Queen Victoria for her daughter Victoria’s royal baptism in 1841. The gown, which was retired in 2004 following the christening of the queen’s granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor, was worn by a total of 62 royal babies. The replica that has been worn by each royal newborn at their respective christenings since 2008 was replaced by the monarch’s wardrobe adviser.

Some royal fans have wondered if Lilibet, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter, will get to wear the same gown. Archie, Lili’s older brother, did it for his christening, but the family was still in the United Kingdom at the time. The queen would have to mail the gown to them now that they’ve moved to California so Lili could wear it on her wedding day.

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