Princess Eugenie shares photo highlights of 2021

Putting on a brave face: Princess Eugenie shares photo highlights of 2021 including unseen snaps of August’s christening amid growing pressure on Prince Andrew – as she also pays tribute ‘some of our biggest and brightest lights’ lost this year

  • Princess Eugenie shared a collection of snaps with her family over the past year 
  • Included several pictures of ten-month-old August Philip Hawke Brooksbank 
  • Paid tribute to  late grandfather Prince Philip who passed away in April this year 
  • Posted picture of husband Jack with his brother Thomas and late father George
  • Princess Eugenie has celebrated the arrival of a new year with a poignant collection of family photographs from 2021, amid growing pressure on her father Prince Andrew following the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell.  

    The Queen’s granddaughter, 31, took to Instagram to share memorable moments from the past year, which saw both the arrival of her first baby son August, but also the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The royal also paid tribute father-in-law George Brooksbank, the father of her husband Jack, who sadly died days before his grandson’s Christening in November. 

    The collection included a first look inside baby August’s Baptism at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park, which was shared with Zara and Mike Tindall‘s son Lucas.

    Princess Eugenie has celebrated the arrival of a new year with a poignant collection of family photographs from 2021 including sweet family snaps with husband Jack Brooksbank

    Princess Eugenie has celebrated the arrival of a new year with a poignant collection of family photographs from 2021 including sweet family snaps with husband Jack Brooksbank

    The collection included a first look inside baby August's Baptism at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park, which was shared with Zara and Mike Tindall's son Lucas

    The collection included a first look inside baby August’s Baptism at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park, which was shared with Zara and Mike Tindall’s son Lucas

    The last year saw Eugenie welcome her first child August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is 11th in line to the throne, with Jack on February 9 at London's Portland Hospital

    The last year saw Eugenie welcome her first child August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is 11th in line to the throne, with Jack on February 9 at London’s Portland Hospital

    Alongside the photographs, she wrote: ‘Happy New Year to all.. Goodbye 2021. A year that blessed us with our boy and saw our family grow with new additions but also a year that took some of our biggest and brightest lights. Forever in our hearts.’ 

    The last year saw Eugenie welcome her first child August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is 11th in line to the throne, with Jack on 9th February at London’s Portland Hospital. 

    She shared adorable pictures walking with her son – the Queen’s ninth great grandchild – thought to have been taken in the grounds of Frogmore Cottage, where the couple are currently living.

    The royal also posted sweet selfies taken with husband Jack, who she wed in a ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in October 2018. 

    Eugenie also gave a glimpse into the rare double royal christening in Windsor which saw August baptised alongside his second cousin, Lucas in the presence of the Queen, who at the time was on doctors’ orders to rest for more than a month. 

    The royal also celebrated the birth of her nice after sister Princess Beatrice gave birth to baby girl Sienna at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in September, sharing a snap of the baby’s footprints.

    She shared adorable pictures walking with her son - the Queen's ninth great grandchild - with his father Jack thought to be taken at their home in Windsor

    She shared adorable pictures walking with her son – the Queen’s ninth great grandchild – with his father Jack thought to be taken at their home in Windsor 

    The royal also posted an image of Jack's father George Brooksbank, who sadly died earlier this year, with his brother Thomas

    The royal also posted an image of Jack’s father George Brooksbank, who sadly died earlier this year, with his brother Thomas 

    The royal also posted sweet selfies taken with husband Jack, who she wed in a ceremony at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in October 2018

    The royal also posted sweet selfies taken with husband Jack, who she wed in a ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in October 2018

    While Eugenie had much to celebrate this year, she also shared some of the more difficult moments of the year – posting an image of her grandparents the Queen and Prince Philip.   

    The touching picture, taken by the Countess of Wessex, shows the couple at one of their ‘happy places’ – the Coyles of Muick hills close to Balmoral, where they enjoyed walking and picnics throughout their long lives together.  

    Eugenie, whose son was named after Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 this year, also posted an image of Jack’s father George, who died earlier this year, with his brother Thomas. 

    This has been a particularly difficult year for the Princess, whose father Prince Andrew is facing growing scandal surrounding his association with alleged sex trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre.

    The Duke of York is facing a civil case by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, Ms Giuffre, who claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home after spending an evening in Tramp nightclub, an allegation the prince strenuously denies.

    She shared adorable pictures walking with her son - the Queen's ninth great grandchild - thought to have been taken in the grounds of Frogmore Cottage, where the couple are currently living

    She shared adorable pictures walking with her son – the Queen’s ninth great grandchild – thought to have been taken in the grounds of Frogmore Cottage, where the couple are currently living

    A touching picture, taken by the Countess of Wessex, shows the Queen and Prince Philip at one of their 'happy places' – the Coyles of Muick hills close to Balmoral, where they enjoyed walking and picnics throughout their long lives together

    A touching picture, taken by the Countess of Wessex, shows the Queen and Prince Philip at one of their ‘happy places’ – the Coyles of Muick hills close to Balmoral, where they enjoyed walking and picnics throughout their long lives together

    However, the Duke of York suffered a significant legal setback in the civil case after his lawyers failed to have the complaint dismissed on a technicality. His legal team hoped to have the case ended claiming neither Ms Giuffre or the prince are American residents and therefore the US courts have no jurisdiction.

    Prince Andrew is among a string of high profile men who have been linked to Epstein and Maxwell – who is facing up to 65 years in federal prison following her conviction for six sex trafficking charges.

    Last night, Prince Andrew’s family put on a united front as they were spotted for the first time since the conviction of the Duke of York’s close friend Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking.

    The Duchess of York linked arms with her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank as they took a stroll in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier.

    The five appeared to be in good spirits despite the growing scandal surrounding the Duke of York’s association with sex trafficking victim Virginia Giuffre.

    The family are understood to have flown out to Switzerland on Boxing Day while Prince Andrew remained at his Royal Lodge home inside the Queen’s Windsor estate.

    The royal also celebrated the birth of her nice after sister Princess Beatrice gave birth to baby girl Sienna at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in September, sharing a snap of the baby's footprints

    The royal also celebrated the birth of her nice after sister Princess Beatrice gave birth to baby girl Sienna at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in September, sharing a snap of the baby’s footprints

    Eugenie, whose son was named after Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 this year, shared a picture of her son August as a newborn

    Eugenie, whose son was named after Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 this year, shared a picture of her son August as a newborn

    The Duchess declined to comment about recent events when approached in the street.

    The 62-year-old said simply: ‘We are on a family holiday.’

    Royal courtiers are discussing plans to strip Prince Andrew of his Duke of York title if he loses the lawsuit brought by sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre, according to the Sunday Times. 

    Other ideas allegedly being considered by the Royal household include sending the Duke into some form of ‘internal exile’ and asking him to relinquish any links he still has to charities.

    Ms Giuffre alleges that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17, which he denies, and is suing for unspecified damages. The Duke stepped down from public duties in November 2019 ‘for the foreseeable future’ over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein in the wake of the disastrous Newsnight interview he had hoped would clear his name.

    A source said: ‘If [Prince Andrew] loses the case, the question is what do you do with him? You can’t make him resign like you would a normal person but he would be asked to put his dukedom into abeyance.’

    Royal insiders said it would be difficult to persuade the Queen to remove the title of Duke of York as ‘it was held by her father, George VI, before he became king and she bestowed it on her favourite son. But he has disgraced that title’, the Sunday Times reported.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman said with regard to claims the Duke might lose his title: ‘This is speculation and the comments are without foundation. We would not comment on an ongoing legal matter.’

    And in a further blow, the Duke is said to be under pressure to give up his nine military roles, according to defence sources. Military chiefs hope he will resign so the Queen doesn’t have to strip him of his honorary titles, the Sunday People reported.

    In light of the Duke’s close friendship with Epstein and Maxwell, senior Army commanders believe it is not feasible for Andrew to carry on his role as colonel-in-chief of the nine military regiments, units and corps.