The queen has met her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time. On Thursday (June 2), Harry and Meghan attended a private lunch at Windsor Castle with the leading royals during the Platinum Anniversary.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented their daughter, who is celebrating her first birthday on Saturday (June 4), to Her Majesty yesterday in Windsor at a royal family’s private events following Trooping the Color at Buckingham Palace. Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born in California at. 11.40 Friday (June 4) and the news of her safe delivery, where she weighed 7 lb 11 oz, was announced on Sunday (June 6).
According to an official statement from Buckingham Palace, the queen and co were “happy” with the arrival of Lilibet – which was made extra special for the queen as the baby has been named after her own nickname. The family had not been introduced until this time due to Sussex’s concerns about their safety in the UK.
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Harry and Meghan are mostly expected to remain low-profile over the four-day anniversary weekend, but Meghan was spotted on the balcony at Horse Guards Parade yesterday. She was seen at Buckingham Palace adorned with a navy blue ribbon while playing with some of the children by the window. It happened moments after the Queen went out on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
The Sussexes, who live at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor while visiting from California, were not formally invited into the Buckingham Palace balcony yesterday and instead watched the negotiations from the Horse Guards Parade. But they will show up today for The Queens Service of Thanksgiving.
Unfortunately, the Queen will miss the celebration today in St Paul’s Cathedral “with great reluctance” after experiencing “some discomfort” during Thursday’s platinum anniversary celebration, Buckingham Palace said. The statement said: “Taking into account the journey and the activity required to attend tomorrow’s National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has with great reluctance concluded that she will not attend.”
The anniversary weekend is underway and there have already been some special moments. Meghan and Harry joined senior royals in public for the first time in more than two years and were cheered when they arrived in St. Louis. Paul’s. The Duchess of Sussex was also seen putting a soothing arm around her husband’s back as they took a seat in the cathedral. On Thursday (June 2), Kate Middleton was forced to step in to stop her daughter Charlotte’s play match with her cousin – but the star of the show, of course, the queen, who appeared three times despite mobility issues.
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