The Queen, Prince William and Kate have posted sweet birthday messages for Harry and Meghan’s one-year-old daughter Lilibet.
The Queen wished her namesake great-granddaughter Lilibet a “very happy birthday” after meeting her for the first time this week.
Little Lilibet, named after the monarch’s childhood nickname, is in the UK for the first time in her life amid Platinum Jubilee celebrations when she turns one.
And although she and her brother Archie, three, have not been seen in public, it is understood the Queen, 96, finally had the chance to meet Meghan and Harry’s baby girl as they were returning to Britain to celebrate the platinum jubilee, The sun reported.
Her Majesty wished her great-granddaughter a happy birthday on Saturday when she was one year old, with the family expected to celebrate in private.
No photos have been released of Archie and Lilibet since they landed in the UK earlier this week.
In a tweet, the monarch sent her best wishes to the royal toddler alongside a balloon emoji.
It reads: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday!”
Lilibet’s uncle and aunt, Prince William and Kate Middleton, also shared a message on the platform, which read: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy birthday, I have one today!”
And Prince Charles and his wife Camilla wrote: ‘Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today!’
It comes after The sun revealed the Queen had met her great-granddaughter Lilibet before her birthday – but the tot had yet to be photographed.
The family of four stayed at Frogmore Cottage, which is just a ten-minute walk from the Queen’s private apartments at Windsor Castle.
But the Queen, 96, has now been introduced to baby Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor – who was controversially named in her honor last June.
It is not known when Lilibet met Lilibet but the Sussexes arrived at midday on Wednesday while the Queen was in her apartments, Harry and Meghan also returned to Frogmore on Friday afternoon after a service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
And the couple opted out of a reception at London’s Guildhall after St Paul’s Service of Thanksgiving to return to Windsor where the Queen was resting.
Lilibet will be one year old on Saturday and royal commentator Omid Scobie, author of find freedomsaid Harry and Meghan will spend the day in Windsor together privately as a family.
Scobie told the BBC Breakfast this week that people shouldn’t expect ‘any kind of extravagant big birthday event’ for the future one-year-old’s celebrations – nor should they anticipate pictures.
He said, “From what I’ve been told, you shouldn’t expect anything.
“Those moments with Lilibet are very private between them and the Queen and of course we know how much she looked forward to them.
“They were held back by a pandemic. And so it was really the first time.
Another clean exit
It comes after Harry and Meghan made another rough exit as they snubbed a family Jubilee event on Friday.
The US-based couple rushed from the Queen’s thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral rather than joining fellow royals and VIPs at a reception.
They were driven back to Windsor after keeping their distance from Wills and Kate, during the freezing service.
The couple were greeted by boos and cheers from the crowd outside St Paul as they arrived separately at William and Kate’s house.
The Sussexes then sat in the second row more than 25ft across the aisle from the Cambridges, Charles and Camilla who secured front row positions as senior royals.
Her Majesty missed the service after experiencing some “malaise” during Thursday’s celebrations.
Buckingham Palace has also confirmed the Queen will miss the Epsom Derby on Saturday due to her ongoing health issues.
The monarch, who has experienced episodic mobility issues, will not attend the big sporting event and will likely watch the race on TV at Windsor Castle.
Kate revealed the Queen was doing “well” but found the first day of the celebrations “very tiring”.
The monarch had watched Trooping the Color as she beamed alongside her family on the balcony – as cheeky Prince Louis kept her company.
At a reception at London’s Guildhall on Friday, the Duchess of Cambridge reportedly told an attendee that the Queen was “well” but had found the day “very tiring”.
Gill Smallwood, from Bolton, spoke with Kate and asked how the Queen was doing.
Ms Smallwood said: “She (Kate) said ‘yes, she was fine, it was just very tiring yesterday, and she (the Queen) had a great time’.”
The passionate horse lover, who has only missed the Derby four times in 75 years, had previously ensured that three of her best horses could enter the race on her jubilee, giving her the best chance of winning the trophy.
This article first appeared on The sun and has been republished here with permission
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