Princess Eugenie’s father-in-law, George Brooksbank, died a few days before his grandson’s christening, several media outlets reported on Monday.
Brooksbank, who was the father of Eugenie’s husband, Jack, died last Thursday at the age of 72. In a statement released to the British Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, the family said he “loved all the good things in life, but especially his wife, friends, boys, daughters-in-law and grandchildren. ”
Brooksbank was hospitalized during his battle with COVID-19 and put on a respirator for five weeks. His family was told to “prepare for the worst,” according to an interview he gave to The Telegraph last year. But he eventually recovered after undergoing a tracheotomy and continued rehabilitation after his hospital stay.
“I’m walking around on a stick at the moment and I hope to get rid of it next week,” Brooksbank said at the time. “My breathing is back to normal and I consider myself very lucky. My thoughts are now with those who are still fighting this disease and the NHS staff who are risking their own lives to help them.”
Eugenie thanked the National Health Service in an Instagram video in June 2020 for taking such good care of her father-in-law.
Eugenie and Jack got married in 2018 and welcomed their son August in February. The 9-month-old, whose full name is August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, got his middle name from his great-grandfather, the late Prince Philip.
On Sunday, August was baptized with Lucas Philip – son of Zara Tindall (daughter of Princess Anne and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth) and her husband, Mike Tindall. The service was held at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, west of London, and attended by members of the Royal Family.
The Queen, who has recently canceled a public appearance due to ongoing health problems following her hospitalization last month, was able to attend the service in person.
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