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A royal christening! Meghan joins new godfather Harry and the Queen at church service for Zara Tindall's ten-month-old daughter Lena - just weeks before they are due to become first-time parents

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 17/03/2019 Richard Eden for the Daily Mail
Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Prince Harry is not due to become a father until next month – but yesterday his cousin Zara Tindall showed her faith in his parenting abilities.

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She made him godfather to her baby Lena at her christening at St Nicholas Church in Cherington, Gloucestershire.

Safe in Daddy's arms: Mike Tindall carries Lena from the church in spring showers after the low-key service © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Safe in Daddy's arms: Mike Tindall carries Lena from the church in spring showers after the low-key service

Harry was joined at the low-key ceremony by his wife, Meghan, who is expecting their first child in late April and whose growing baby bump was covered under a fashionable vintage-style buttoned coat.

Zara Phillips that is standing in the grass: Zara Tindall's parents Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips were also in attendance at the christening but there was no sign of Prince Philip or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Zara Tindall's parents Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips were also in attendance at the christening but there was no sign of Prince Philip or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The event was also attended by the Queen, whose presence will have surprised some royal-watchers because she did not attend the christening of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, Prince Louis.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Captain Mark Phillips, who divorced Princess Anne in 1992, attended the christening in Gloucestershire © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Captain Mark Phillips, who divorced Princess Anne in 1992, attended the christening in Gloucestershire

The Queen held her own umbrella as she left the Grade-I listed church during a spring shower.

a person that is standing in the rain holding an umbrella: The Queen appeared at the christening of Lena without her husband the Duke of Edinburgh © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Queen appeared at the christening of Lena without her husband the Duke of Edinburgh

Nine-month-old Lena, her youngest great-grandchild, was christened at the same church where her sister Mia and cousin Isla Phillips were blessed previously.

a group of people walking down the street: Equestrian Zara recently became a brand ambassador for trendy pram and buggy firm iCandy who appeared to deliver a buggy to Harry and Meghan at Frogmore © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Equestrian Zara recently became a brand ambassador for trendy pram and buggy firm iCandy who appeared to deliver a buggy to Harry and Meghan at Frogmore

She was carried from the service in her christening gown by her father, former England rugby player Mike Tindall. Zara’s parents Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, who divorced in 1992, were also there but there was no sign of Prince Philip or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

a man wearing a hat: Princess Anne leaves the christening of her granddaughter Lena at the same church where Mia Tindall and Isla Phillips were blessed previously © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Princess Anne leaves the christening of her granddaughter Lena at the same church where Mia Tindall and Isla Phillips were blessed previously

The Rev Dr Gerald South, the priest in charge, said the service was ‘lovely’ but declined to comment further.

a stone castle next to a brick building: The Rev Dr Gerald South, the priest in charge, said the service at St Nicholas Church was ‘lovely’ but declined to comment further © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Rev Dr Gerald South, the priest in charge, said the service at St Nicholas Church was ‘lovely’ but declined to comment further

An onlooker said: ‘There were between seven and ten police cars discreetly parked in a farmyard on the edge of the village, and we saw a few bobbies dotted around the village. But considering the number of royals in attendance, it was a surprisingly low-key event.’

a close up of a piece of paper: She was seen clutching to the order of service as she left the church in Cherington, Gloucestershire © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She was seen clutching to the order of service as she left the church in Cherington, Gloucestershire

Parish councillor Kate Gegg said she had attended morning service at the church and had no idea the royals were about to arrive. ‘The vicar didn’t say anything about it,’ she added.

Prince Harry et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last week unveiled plans to create their own household when they swap Kensington Palace for Frogmore House © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last week unveiled plans to create their own household when they swap Kensington Palace for Frogmore House

Equestrian Zara recently became a brand ambassador for trendy pram and buggy firm iCandy. 

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