Mourning for the beloved husband, joy for the next generation: Queen Elizabeth II (95) experienced an emotional weekend on her 74th wedding anniversary.
For the first time, the Queen had to celebrate November 20 without 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 a British monarch in history.
British tabloids, on the other hand, expected a double baptism to add a nice touch to the royal weekend.
As "Sun" and "Mirror" reported unanimously, two great-grandchildren of the monarch were to be baptized on Sunday near the royal residence Windsor Castle: the sons of Princess Eugenie - August Brooksbank, born on February 9 - and Zara Tindall, their third child Lucas Philip was born in March.
According to general knowledge, it would be the first double baptism in the royal family.
The Queen wanted to personally attend the event, although she was last in poor health, the reports said.
"Her Majesty is very careful to be there because she knows how important this is for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren," the papers quoted a source at the court.
It is certain that a royal baptism is imminent.
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.
Baptismal water for little Lilibet?
There was already speculation that the water could be intended for great-granddaughter Lilibet, the daughter of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan.
Elizabeth II has not yet met Lilibet, who is named after the Queen's nickname, personally.
Most recently, a back problem prevented the monarch from attending public meetings; a month ago she spent a 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.
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.
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 grandchildren 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, Queen Elizabeth II, Charles and William threatened to boycott the public broadcaster.
The abuse scandal surrounding the convicted and now deceased US millionaire Jeffrey Epstein continues to weigh on the palace.
Exactly two years ago, on November 20, 2019, Prince Andrew, the second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, 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.
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