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Queen Elizabeth attends great-grandchildren’s christening, returns to public duties

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Queen Elizabeth attended the baptism of two of her great-grandsons, just days after she returned to public duties after medical concerns forced her to rest earlier this month, The Associated Press reported.

Queen Elizabeth attended the double christening of great-grandchildren Lucas Philip and August with close friends and other members of the royal family just outside of London in Windsor Great Park, according to the news outlet. 

Lucas Philip is the son of the English monarch’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall and August is the son of Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank. 

The AP noted the 95-year-old monarch had her first in-person audience last Wednesday with General Sir Nick Carter, the outgoing chief of defense staff.

Buckingham Palace said in October that she had been taken in for “preliminary investigations” and later spent the night at the hospital – her first hospital stay since 2013.

Later that month, doctors suggested that her schedule be cut back and instructed her to rest for two weeks. 

In mid-November, a sprained back required her to forgo attending the Remembrance Day service, which was at the time supposed to be her first public appearance since being instructed to rest. 

The news comes as the queen is set to celebrate 70 years on the throne, her Platinum Jubilee, in 2022. As a monarch, she is both the longest- and oldest-serving, according to the AP.

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