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

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

Here’s the reason the couple was forced to call off their child‘s baptism.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank standing next to each other for flypast on the Buckingham Palace balcony
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank standing next to each other for flypast on the Buckingham Palace balcony | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

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

August Philip Hawke Brooksbank was born on Feb. 9, 2021. In a statement announcing the birth, Buckingham Palace said: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present. The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz… This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s first child… Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

At the time of his birth, August was 11th, behind his mother, in the line of succession to the British throne. However, that changed after Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had their daughter, Lilibet Diana. August’s place will continue to change whenever anyone in the line before Eugenie has a child.

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

August was supposed to be baptized on Saturday, July 10, but the christening was canceled at the last minute.

The Mirror noted that one of the people due to attend the ceremony was notified via the NHS COVID-19 app and to self-isolate. According to the royal source, “One guest tested positive or was pinged for COVID contact and therefore no one else was able to gather. As a result, they called off the service and reception party afterward.”

Those who were expected to attend the event included 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. The reception following the baptism was going to be held at Royal Lodge, which is Prince Andrew’s home where he lives with the Duchess of York.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank side-by-side during a visit to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank side-by-side during a visit to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital | David Mirzoeff – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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

The princess and Brooksbank will reportedly reschedule August’s christening for a later date this summer and when they do their son is expected to wear the precious lace christening gown worn by all Queen Elizabeth’s great-grandchildren. The gown is an exact replica of the dress that Queen Victoria commissioned for the royal baptism of her daughter Victoria in 1841. A total of 62 royal babies donned the gown which was retired in 2004 following the christening of the queen’s granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor. The monarch’s wardrobe adviser replaced it with the replica that has been worn by each royal newborn at their respective christenings since 2008.

Some royal fans have been wondering if Prince Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Lilibet, will get to wear that same gown. Lili’s big brother, Archie, did for his christening but at that time the family was still living in the U.K. Now that they have moved to California the queen would have to mail the gown to them for Lili to wear it on her big day.

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