Princess Eugenie, the Duke of York’s younger daughter, and her husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting their second child due in the summer, it has been announced.
The couple, who have a son, August, released a photograph as the news was made public, with Buckingham Palace saying the royal family was “delighted”.
Announcing her pregnancy, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II wrote: “We’re so excited to share that there will be a new addition to our family this summer.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank are pleased to announce they are expecting their second child this summer.
“The family are delighted and August is very much looking forward to being a big brother.”
In the photograph, taken by Brooksbank, Eugenie, dressed in a woolly hat, smiles as August, in a burgundy winter hat, matching trousers and wellies, embraces her and kisses her bump, as they stand next to a fence in a leaf-strewn field. The baby will be born 13th in line to the throne and will be a plain Miss or Master.
He or she will be the first of the late queen’s great-grandchildren to be born since her death, and will arrive in the king’s coronation year.
August Philip Hawke Brooksbank was born at the exclusive Portland hospital in central London on 9 February 2021.
He made an appearance at the platinum jubilee pageant celebrations last year wearing a union flag jumper as Eugenie bounced him up and down on her knee as they sat in the royal box.
The news will be welcomed by the Windsors in the wake of the late queen’s death in September and amid difficult times since the publication of the Duke of Sussex’s controversial tell-all memoir earlier this month.