Prince Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet turned one today and the Royal Family sent her birthday wishes. The Queen’s tweet sent from the royal family’s Twitter account simply read: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday!”
The same words were sent by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, although they used a cake emoji rather than a balloon emoji in the royal family’s tweet.
Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, tweeted a slightly longer birthday message to their niece, saying: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy birthday, got one today !”
Lilibet, who was born in America, is spending her first birthday in the UK with her parents and brother Archie to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, reports the Mirror
According to reports, the Queen was finally able to meet his great-granddaughter and namesake Lilibet within 48 hours of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle land in the UK. The meeting is believed to have taken place at Windsor Castle, although there has been no official confirmation.
The Queen had also not seen the couple’s other child, Archie, since 2019 when he was just a few months old. Lilibet was named in honor of the Queen, whose childhood nickname was Lilibet.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet is spending her first birthday in the UK as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue. Harry and Meghan’s second child, born at 11:40 a.m. on Friday June 4, 2021 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, has been named in honor of the Queen.
Lilibet, the Queen’s family nickname, was first used when Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and unable to pronounce her own name correctly. Her grandfather, King George V, affectionately called her “Lilibet” mimicking his own attempts to say Elizabeth.
The sweet nickname stuck and she became Lilibet for her family from then on. One-year-old Lilibet, known as Lili, has the middle name Diana, which was chosen in memory of her late grandmother.
Neither Lilibet nor her older brother Archie, three, have been seen in public at Jubilee celebrations so far. With the monarch not traveling to Epsom Racecourse for the Derby on Saturday, this could be the perfect opportunity for the Royal Family to gather to celebrate Lilibet’s christening at Windsor Castle on the child’s first birthday.
Royal commentator Omid Scobie speculated that Thursday was likely to have been the “first moment or first chance for her (the Queen) to meet her namesake”.
The Finding Freedom author told BBC Breakfast on Friday that Harry and Meghan “wanted to be as low-key as possible on this trip”.
The Sussexes were not on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the start of the Jubilee celebrations, but were only seen in a handful of photos, taken through a window at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour, showing them performing interact with some of the royal children.
They were present at a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday but did not go to a reception afterwards at the Guildhall, which was attended by most of the other royals.