Mourning for the beloved husband, joy for the next generation: Queen Elizabeth II (95) experienced an emotional weekend on her 74th wedding anniversary. She had to spend her wedding anniversary for the first time without husband Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99. The couple had married in London’s Westminster Abbey in 1947. It was the longest marriage of any British monarch.
But the Queen was consoled over the sad Saturday with a comforting event: Two of her great-grandchildren were baptized in the Royal Chapel of All Saints. It was the first time that two offspring of the royal family were baptized together, as royal commentators noted.
Sons of Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall were baptized
The Queen insisted on taking part in the historic double baptism despite health problems, as the British media reported on Sunday. Elizabeth had not been seen in public for a long time. On the advice of her doctors, she takes a break.
A week ago, she canceled her participation in the national remembrance day, Remembrance Sunday, a traditional high point in the royal calendar. The Queen sprained her back, it was said. A month ago she spent one night in the hospital. However, a few days ago she received the outgoing Chief of Staff Nick Carter for a personal audience at Windsor Castle. Photos showed them standing and smiling. Now the monarch in a green dress and hat was chauffeured to the royal baptistery, the Royal Chapel of All Saints.
At the center of the double baptism near the royal residence Windsor Castle: the sons of Princess Eugenie – August Brooksbank, born on February 9th – and Zara Tindall, whose third child Lucas Philip was born in March. The Queen wanted to personally take part in the event, had previously been heard from the palace. “Her Majesty is very careful to be there because she knows how important this is for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren”, several sheets quoted a source at the court.
Baptism with water from the Jordan
The royal baptism was widely expected. Heir to the throne Prince Charles (73) brought several bottles of water from the Jordan from a business trip to the Middle East – from the place where Jesus is said to have been baptized. The holy water is always used by the royals for baptisms. There was already speculation that the water could be intended for Queen’s great-granddaughter Lilibet, the daughter of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan. The Queen has not yet met Lilibet, who is named after one of the Queen’s nicknames, in person.
His mother is fine, said Prince Charles recently. “When you get to 95, it’s not as easy as it used to be. At 73 it’s bad enough, “said the Queen’s eldest son, referring to his own age. His wife, Duchess Camilla (74), thinks the couple is not too old for long-distance travel. You are “still full of juice,” said Camilla on the return trip from the Middle East.
BBC report brings new trouble
Meanwhile, the palace is apparently facing new trouble. As the “Mail on Sunday” reported, the top royals are mad at the BBC. The occasion is a documentary about the dispute between the Queen’s grandsons Prince William (39) and Prince Harry (37), which is to be broadcast this Monday evening.
Accordingly, the BBC report suggests that the princes should have initiated campaigns against the other. The brothers reject that. The palace was not allowed to see the documentation in advance, wrote the “Mail”. Therefore, the Queen, Charles and William threatened to boycott the public broadcaster.
The abuse scandal surrounding the convicted and now deceased US millionaire Jeffrey Epstein continues to burden the palace. Exactly two years ago, on November 20, 2019, Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second eldest son, withdrew from his royal duties. The occasion was a failed interview with the BBC, in which Andrew actually wanted to clear himself of allegations of sexual abuse in connection with his former friend Jeffrey Epstein.
Since then, Andrew has barely been seen in public. A lawsuit is currently pending against him in New York: an American woman is demanding compensation for having Andrew sexually abused her as a teenager. The prince rejects the allegations. (SDA)