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.”

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Full ScreenPhotos:Meghan Markle’s Extremely Eventful 2018

February 2018: Harry, Meghan, Kate, and William convened at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum.

Photo: By Chris Jackson/Getty Images.


April 2018: At a Commonwealth reception, in a chic pinstriped look.

Photo: By YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images.


May 2018: Meghan and Harry pictured at their wedding, which you may have read a thing or two about.

Photo: By Ben Stansall/Getty Images.


June 2018: Meghan at her first Trooping the Colour ceremony, along with the rest of the gang.

Photo: By Karwai Tang/WireImage.

October 2018: Just a casual-glam candid moment on an overseas royal tour.

October 2018: Just a casual-glam candid moment on an overseas royal tour.

Photo: By Karwai Tang/WireImage.


October 2018: Markle sparkles (sorry, we had to use that at least once) at a formal event on the royal tour.

Photo: By JOEL CARRETT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock.


December 2018: At the British Fashion Awards, where she presented an award to Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller.

Photo: By Joe Maher/BFC/Getty Images.