When Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family flew to the United Kingdom to commemorate the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee, she finally had the opportunity to meet the great-grandchild whose name was taken from the childhood nickname she was given.
The encounter was eagerly anticipated, however the Queen prohibited any photographs to be taken that documented the interaction between the two parties; the following are the specifics.
This past weekend marked the beginning of Queen Elizabeth’s seventh decade on the throne, and news of the celebration has been one of the most talked about subjects over the course of the last few days. The celebration was attended by all members of the royal family, including Harry and his wife, Meghan, who are now expecting their first child.
The seated volley ball competition was held on day 2 of the Invictus Games 2020 in Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. | Source: Getty Images Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watched the competition.
Last week on Wednesday, the pair left Santa Barbara on a private plane and flew all the way to the United Kingdom, where they arrived to be met by bodyguards that had been given by the Palace.
They spent their time in the United Kingdom in Harry’s Frogmore Cottage, although they were seldom seen in public during the Jubilee celebrations. Some people are under the impression that it is because they vowed to behave themselves at the event.
The event of Trooping the Color on Thursday was the first time that they were seen in public and photographed together. They had been entertaining the young royals in the Major General’s Office where they had been.
The National Service of Thanksgiving was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London, England. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attended the event.
They were not seen in the same setting as the other members of the royal family until Friday, when they attended the Thanksgiving ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral. They sat around 25 feet apart from Charles, William, Kate, and Camilla throughout the service.
They went back to the Cottage after the service rather than joining other members of their family at the Guildhall to enjoy some refreshments and snacks after the ceremony. They did not attend the enormous celebration that was held at Buckingham Palace on Saturday either.
There was concern that their presence would steal the spotlight from the primary purpose of their trip, which was to commemorate the Queen; nevertheless, this did not end up being the case.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, greet youngsters on March 9, 2020 in London, England, as they are attending the Commonwealth Day Service. | Source: Getty Images
Because of this journey, Lilibet, Harry and Meghan’s second child, who just had her first birthday over the weekend, will be making her very first trip to the United Kingdom. In addition, this is her very first visit to the Frogmore cottage where her brother spent the previous year of his life.
Since November 2020, Princess Eugenie, her husband Jack Brooksbank, and their son August have called the Cottage in which they were raised home in their parents’ absence.
Nevertheless, the three of them left the apartment early this year, and Harry has now extended his lease on the property for another year.
GREAT GRANDMA AND GRANDDAUGHTER’S FIRST MEETING
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, during the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 on April 16, 2022 at Zuiderpark in The Hague, Netherlands | Source: Getty Images
As was mentioned before, Harry and Meghan’s first child, Lilibet, had her first birthday when they were in the United Kingdom.
Levin gave the impression that the Sussexes departed on Sunday, before to the Jubilee Pageant, out of rage since their intentions were foiled, and this behavior was said to have been the motivation for their departure.
Everyone was thinking about the Jubilee, but the Sussexes also wanted to take advantage of this occasion to see the Queen and present her to their daughter, Lilibet, who was called after the Queen’s former pet name.
During the opening ceremony for the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018, in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England, Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, sat together and had some lighthearted moments.
It was during the early years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign that she struggled to properly pronounce her name. In order to pay tribute to the queen, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to give their daughter the name Elizabeth after receiving permission to do so from the monarch. The Sussexes have decided to throw a party to celebrate their daughter’s birthday this coming Saturday.
Since the beginning of the new year, the Queen has reportedly been struggling with her mobility, as reported by The Sun. After that, she was forced to cancel some of her plans, including her beloved Derby, which meant that she was able to enjoy the holiday with her great-granddaughter.
On July 10, 2018, in London, England, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watched a flypast to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The event took place on July 10. | Photographs Courtesy of Getty Images
According to an article published in US Weekly, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were able to attend the birthday festivities of the Queen with both of their children in tow.
A source close to the situation said that the Queen’s mood was improved after the encounter and that she thought young Archie and his sister were adorable. Even more, she gave them gifts in her presentation.
NO FIRST PHOTO OF THE TWO LILIBETS
At Global Citizen Live: New York on September 25, 2021 in New York City, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave a joint speech. Source: Getty Images
On Thursday afternoon at Windsor Castle, the Queen had her first meeting with Lilibet. According to Angela Levin, who is the royal biographer, they wanted to see the Queen as quickly as possible, so she agreed to meet with them on Thursday.
The couple went along with their photographer and were planning to have photographs taken to memorialize the occasion, but Queen Elizabeth requested that no images be taken at the location.
This was a private family gathering, and she worried that they might share the images with US media sources; hence, it was announced that this meeting had place.
On September 23, 2021, in New York City, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visit One World Observatory.
Angela Levin, a royal biographer, would later say that she heard Netflix would pay them for images with other senior royals, but this was rendered impossible by the Palace’s craftiness and excellent preparation. Angela Levin would subsequently divulge this information.
They took precautions to guarantee that Harry and Meghan would not be photographed with any senior royals; thus, Camilla, Charles, and Kate sat a considerable distance away from the couple as they attended the Thanksgiving ceremony.
Levin gave the impression that the Sussexes departed on Sunday, before to the Jubilee Pageant, out of rage since their intentions were foiled, and this behavior was said to have been the motivation for their departure. According to her, the pair “probably just walked off in a fury” after the argument.
PICNIC GARDEN PARTY FOR LILIBET’S 1ST BIRTHDAY
The celebration for Lilibet’s first birthday was a casual garden party held at the Frogmore Cottage. There was a delicious birthday cake, picnic-themed refreshments, balloons, and fun activities to keep everyone entertained.
The little Lilibet had the chance to meet and interact with a number of other royal children, which was a wonderful experience for her. Mia, Lena, and Lucas Tindall, children of Zara and Mike Tindall, were there, as were Savannah and Isla Phillips, daughters of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly. Also present were Zara and Mike Tindall.
Archie’s godfather, Charlie Van Straubenzee, and Tom, Charlie’s brother, were two of the other elder visitors who were anticipated to attend the festive gathering. According to the people who had the opportunity to be there:
“It was a wonderful event, and it had everything that one would anticipate seeing at a birthday celebration for a youngster. However, there was no staged entertainment of any kind. It was supposed to be extremely laid back and informal, and guests were free to come and go as they pleased.
Before it came time for her birthday, there was a lot of discussion about what gifts would be ideal for her, but the item that drew the most attention was a pink Volkswagen Beetle toy that was found in Selfridges for the price of £75.
On the Royal Family’s official social media channels, a celebration was held in honor of Princess Lilibet’s birthday. The account manager wished Lilibet a very happy first birthday and posted a picture of a balloon with the caption “Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!” on Twitter.
On their own social media profiles, other senior members of the royal family, including as Lilibet’s grandparents Charles and Camilla, as well as her aunt Wills and Kate, have also sent birthday greetings.