George Brooksbank, the father of Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank, has died at the age of 72.
George reportedly died just days before his grandson August’s christening, which took place on Sunday 21 November at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park.
It’s believed he had been suffering from covid, and had been ill for some time with the virus.
At one stage last year, the late 72 year old had been on a ventilator for five weeks.
Following his poor health and his stint in hospital last year, Eugenie and Jack were reportedly told to “prepare for the worst”.
Jack’s late father was a retired chartered accountant and company director and had two homes – one in south London and one in Bordeaux, France – which he split his time between alongside his wife, Nicola.
Speaking of his passing, a royal insider toldMailOnline: "George had been in hospital with covid and had not been the same after that. He had been unwell for some time. It’s been a difficult time for Jack losing his father before the Christening."
Another source branded it a “miracle” that George had survived the virus last year, while adding that it was “wonderful” that he was able to meet baby August before passing away.
August’s christening was a joint affair withZaraandMike Tindall's son, Lucas.
Close friends and immediate family attended the rare double christening,including the Queen.
Her Majesty has largely been out of action in recent weeks and cancelled several appearances, but managed to attend the christening of her great-grandchildren.
Royal commentators believe yesterday’s event was the first of its kind.
Discussing the matter, Penny Junor told the Metro: "I’ve never heard of two royal babies being christened together like this but it will be wonderful to have the Queen there.
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"It would also send a fantastic message to the world that she is not ready to leave us yet.
"She’s 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."
A royal source also said of the Queen's attendance: “Her Majesty is very keen to be there as she knows how important this is for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
"It’s set to be a heartwarming family occasion and a time of real celebration after what has been some challenging times for certain royals of late, including the Queen herself.”
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