Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty The Queen had been looking forward to witnessing how the children of Zara Tindell and Princess Eugenie are baptised. Her health has sadly not allowed her to make it to the ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.
The Monarch’s absence at the christening of her two great-grandchildren follows a last-minute cancellation at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday as she suffered from a sprained back.
She has lately had to miss out on a range of events due to a health scare that forced her to spend a night in hospital. Doctors then ordered her to rest.
It is thought it would have meant a lot to Her Majesty to be able to join the service with the rest of the Royal Family.
The joint christening could be the first of its kind for the royal household.
Commentator Penny Junor said: “I’ve never heard of two royal babies being christened together like this.”
She added: “The Queen is 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.
“She’s very fond of Zara and Mike, and Eugenie too.”
Concerns over Queen Elizabeth II’s health have been raised in recent weeks after she was forced to pull out of several engagements.
Most recently, the Queen, 95, was unable to attend the Cenotaph ceremony on Remembrance Sunday after spraining her back.
Following the Queen’s health scare, Buckingham Palace removed the week’s planned events from the Queen’s busy agenda for her to rest on the doctor’s advice.
The health scare was a call for the younger generation to step up for the royal duties to reduce the workload for the Majesty.
Ms Junor told The Mirror: “I think we will see more of her on video and probably less of her in the flesh.
“They should keep her warm and tucked up at home and not expose herself to the possibility of infections.”
Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, told the newspaper there are similarities to when the Queen Mother reached a similar age and “things got progressively more difficult”.
He said: “But the Queen Mother soldiered on and there is no reason to think the Queen won’t, but this is a setback.
“Clearly there are mobility issues. Getting from Windsor with a sprained back and having to stand for 15 to 20 minutes at the Cenotaph is not helpful for somebody of 95.”
Last month, the Queen was expected to travel to Glasgow for COP26 to be in person at the reception.
But the Palace announced she had to “regretfully” cancel her attendance after doctors advised her to rest.
Health concerns for the Queen first arose on October 20, when the palace announced Her Majesty agreed to cancel a two-day trip to Northern Ireland after doctors’ advice.He said: “In terms of official engagements before the end of the year, I don’t think we’ll see her out and about doing anything officially, even if she recovers from the sprained back.”
It later emerged the Queen had been taken to hospital for “preliminary tests” – the nature and results of which have not been shared.
After missing out on the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, the Palace said the Queen was “disappointed” she had to cancel her plan to attend.
Shortly before the service, the Palace issued a statement reading: “The Queen, having sprained her back, has decided this morning with great regret that she will not be able to attend today’s Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph.
“Her Majesty is disappointed that she will miss the service.”
On Wednesday, the Queen returned to public duties after the cancellation by hosting General Sir Nick Carter at Windsor Castle.
Additional reporting by Teresa Gottein Martinez
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