Princess Eugenie’s father-in-law George Brooksbank died just days before her son August’s christening.

George, 72, was the father of Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank. He had been ill after battling a severe case of COVID-19 in 2020.

He died last week before his 9-month-old grandson’s baptism at All Saints Chapel in front of the Queen.

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August was baptized in a double royal baptism with his cousin, Lucas, son of Mike and Zara Tindall.

Eugenie thanked NHS staff in 2020 for saving George’s life when he first contracted the illness.

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In the Instagram post, she offered her heartfelt thanks for bringing her father-in-law back home and for the brave work of frontline workers.

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