Princess Eugenie’s baby may miss out on this royal tradition

Princess Eugenie’s baby is expected early this year

Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018
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Princess Eugenie’s baby is due in early 2021, but now it seems that Covid-19 could prevent another heartfelt royal tradition this year.

The Queen’s granddaughter’s pregnancy was first announced (opens in new tab) back in September. She and her husband Jack Brooksbank have not announced their exact due date, so royal fans have been left to speculate on exactly when her baby will arrive. 

Though the statement released by Buckingham Palace to announce the exciting news revealed that the proud parents were “expecting a baby in early 2021”. 

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In addition to the official statement the mother-to-be posted on her Instagram, revealing the news. Posting an adorable picture of some baby shoes, the Princess wrote, ‘Jack and I are so excited for early 2021....👶🏻 ‘.

But with the birth of Princess Eugenie’s baby drawing ever closer, it seems that the newborn royal could likely miss out on a particularly heartfelt royal tradition this year.

Why might the Queen not see Princess Eugenie’s baby straight away?

The Queen is known for visiting each new royal arrival very soon after they are born. She reportedly visited all three of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (opens in new tab)’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis within a few days of their births. 

However, the country is now in its third lockdown (opens in new tab) and restrictions are not set to lift until at least mid-February. If the restrictions remain when Princess Eugenie's baby is born it’s thought likely by some that this will mean that the proud great-grandmother will be unable to visit the new arrival as soon as she would do traditionally.  

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are currently at Windsor Castle (opens in new tab), whilst it has been claimed that Princess Eugenie has recently moved in with her parents Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (opens in new tab), Duchess of York, at the Royal Lodge (opens in new tab) in Windsor. 

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When was the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank? 

Princess Eugenie married her husband Jack Brooksbank (opens in new tab) in a beautiful ceremony back in October 2018 at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. This was the same venue where her cousin Prince Harry married Meghan Markle (opens in new tab)

Princess Eugenie looked stunning in her dress with its folding necklace and her hair accessorised with an emerald tiara. 

The happy couple announced Princess Eugenie's pregnancy just a few weeks before their second wedding anniversary last year. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.