Potentially awkward chat Princess Eugenie and Zara had before secret royal christening

Zara Tindall and Princess Eugenie christened their sons, Lucas and August, together in a joint celebration in Windsor – but it meant only one of them could follow a key royal tradition

Zara and Eugenie
The cousins decided to celebrate the day together

Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall made the unusual decision to hold a joint royal christening for their baby sons, bringing the family together for an extra special joint celebration.

The Queen’s granddaughters welcomed August and Lucas, who share the middle name Philip, to the church in a private ceremony at All Saints Chapel in Windsor in November.

The boys’ parents were joined by the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other members of the royal family for the celebration.

No official photos were released from the day, however Eugenie shared an intimate snap in an emotional Instagram message reflecting on 2021.

It showed members of the family sitting in the church service, including both Lucas and August.

The cute christening snaps shows both royal babies – but August is wearing the traditional gown



The lovely snap delighted fans but also confirmed that Eugenie and Zara had a big decision to make while planning the celebration – and it may have been a tad awkward.

All members of the royal family are christened wearing the same christening gown.

However, with both babies marking the occasion on the same day – only one of them could wear it.

The snap shows that August wore the gown for the occasion, while Lucas is dressed in a different white outfit.

Princess Anne wearing the traditional gown at her christening


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It’s not known how this decision was made, but it could be that Zara decided to let her cousin have it as her two older children have already worn it.

Most recently, Prince Louis and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor wore the gown for their christenings.

The gown royal babies wear now is actually a replica of the silk and lace christening gown worn by royal babies since 1841.

Princess Eugenie in the gown when she was a baby


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The original was commissioned by Queen Victoria for her daughter Victoria, and made by Scottish dressmaker Janet Sutherland.

The original was worn by 62 royal babies, including then-Princess Elizabeth – now the Queen – for her christening at Buckingham Palace in 1926.

But after the christening of Prince Edward’s daughter Louise in 2004 it was decided that the original gown was too delicate to be worn.

Prince George wore it for his big day in 2013


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And so did baby Archie



A replica of the gown was made by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly, and debuted at the christening of Louise’s younger brother James in 2008.

The replica gown was worn by Louis’ siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte at their christenings in 2013 and 2015.

It was also worn by their cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips, the daughters of Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips.

Speaking at the time of the christening, royal commentator Penny Junor, who has written a number of books on the family, 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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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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