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Family tragedy – Princess Eugenie’s father in law, George Brooksbank, dies just days before double Christening

George Brooksbank, father in law to Princess Eugenie, has died. He passed away just days before the christening of his grandson, August Brooksbank.

The 72 year old was the father of Jack Brooksbank who married the princess in October 2018. It’s understood he had been in poor health since earlier this year when he contracted coronavirus.

The news of his death came just hours after nine month old August, who is thirteenth in line to the throne, was christened in a ceremony at Windsor.

George Brooksbank was born in February 1949 and worked for many years as a chartered accountant. He married Nicola Newton in 1985 and the couple had two sons, Jack (born 1986) and Thomas (born 1988). As well as August, George Brooksbank was grandfather to Wilfred, son of his younger child, who was born in 2020.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.