At Buckingham Palace, a baptism is always an event, but it may happen that you opt for an intimate ceremony, especially when the child’s parents are not “real” actively engaged in public life: this was the case for August Brooksbank e Lucas Tindall, children, respectively, of Eugenie of York and Zara Phillips, two of the royal babies of 2021.
Born a few weeks apart, on February 9 the first, March 21 the second, were baptized together in Windsor on Sunday 21 November, during an announced but top secret ceremony, in which only the closest family members, Queen Elizabeth and a few family friends took part: the best known name? Cressida Bonas ex of Prince Harry, a great friend of Eugenie.
The two cousins, daughters of Andrea of York and Anna of England, made a decidedly unconventional choice: it is the first time in the history of the family that two children are baptized in the same ceremony.
A sign of extraordinary normality, not very “royal” and very bourgeois, the same that could occur in any closely united family in the case of two close births. After all, it’s no wonder too much, even the birth of the two children was unconventional: Eugenie, for example, had announced via social media the arrival of the eldest son, the husband of Zara, Mike Tindall, had told the background of the sudden birth at home (“on the bathroom floor”) during an interview.
Very few details, so far, have leaked about the day. The two children, confirms the Daily Mail, were baptized in Windsor’s All Saints Chapel with the holy water that Prince Charles took from the Jordan during his last trip with his wife Camilla. The heir to the throne would have taken five or six dozen bottles, plausibly usable for future baptisms, that of Sienna Elizabeth, daughter of Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and that of Lilibet Diana, second child of Harry and Meghan, but also for other ceremonies. It will be kept in the chapel of St. James Palace, as per tradition.
Among the things not yet leaked, however, there is the look of the baptized. It is unclear whether one of the two children wore the replica of the famous dress that Queen Victoria commissioned for her eldest daughter., Victoria Adelaide Maria Luisa, in 1841. The first royal baby to wear the replica, in 2008, was James, Viscount Severn, second son of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the last child to wear the original, who became too fragile for further washing, the older sister Louise, in 2004.
What is certain is that Eugenie and Zara with this double ceremony wanted to make a great gift to the grandmother queen, who on November 20 he would have celebrated the 74th wedding anniversary with Prince Philip. To remember the great-grandfather and to make him present, the two little protagonists of the day: both have Philip as a middle name.
“The passage of time cannot be stopped”, said the sovereign a few days ago, but there are things that go beyond, and always remain.