After the Duchess of Sussex made a flurry of appearances in early March that culminated with Commonwealth Day events, reports emerged that we had seen the last of Meghan Markle until after she gives birth to her first child later this spring. And yet, we barely had to wait a few days before she appeared again this past weekend for the christening of Lena Tindall, daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall. (Zara, daughter of Princess Anne, is Prince Harry’s first cousin.) It was also announced that Harry was named as one of Lena’s godparents at the service, held at St. Nicholas Church in Cherington, Gloucestershire.
These sorts of formal royal occasions are, of course, not infrequent, but this one had an unexpected number of . . . interesting little nuggets. For one thing, Meghan’s appearance, of course, generated much excitement. She wore a blue beret—giving off a very Parisian vibe—and a vintage burgundy Dior coat, with some oversize buttons.
The Queen also attended the service, which, in and of itself, was sort of notable, in that she skipped the christening for Prince Louis, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child, last year. The Queen also was photographed holding her own umbrella as she left the church, which seems like the sort of image that is just asking to be made into a meme of some kind. (Prince Philip was not in attendance.)
Also intriguing: the christening was not attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who made their annual St. Patrick’s Day appearance in West London with the Irish Guards for a ceremony on Sunday. (William is a godparent to the Tindalls’ oldest daughter, Mia, who is 5 now.)
It would seem even those who live in the area around the church were not anticipating the high-profile christening in advance. An “onlooker” told the Daily Mail it was a “surprisingly low-key event,” and a parish councilor said she had no clue the royals were going to be descending, after she attended a morning service: “The vicar didn’t say anything about it.”