Lilibet meets Lilibet: Queen meets great-granddaughter as Royals send 1st birthday wishes

4 June 2022, 08:47 | Updated: 4 June 2022, 10:26

The Queen is believed to have met Lilibet.
The Queen is believed to have met Lilibet. Picture: Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

The Queen has finally met her great-granddaughter as part of Harry and Meghan's first trip to the UK with the whole family, as the youngster celebrates her first birthday.

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The private meeting took place within 48 hours of the family landing in the UK, it is understood.

The couple took both Lilibet and three-year-old Archie to Windsor Castle for the emotional family reunion, due to the Queen's current mobility problems, the Mail said.

Lilibet is spending her first birthday in the UK on Saturday, on which the Queen may make time to see her grandson and his children again.

Members of the royal family have wished the youngster a happy birthday.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall tweeted: "Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today!"

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said: "Wishing a very happy birthday to Lilibet, turning one today!"

The official Royal Family Twitter account said: "Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!"

Prince Charles is believed to be meeting his grandchildren during the trip too.

It is first time the Sussexes have brought Lilibet to the UK, sparking rumours she could also be christened with the monarch present.

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Harry and Meghan's second child, born at 11.40am on Friday June 4, 2021 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, was named in honour of the monarch.

The Queen's family nickname was first used when Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and unable to pronounce her own name properly.

Her grandfather, King George V, would affectionately call her "Lilibet", imitating her own attempts to say Elizabeth.

The sweet nickname stuck and she became Lilibet to her family from then on - including to her husband, the late Prince Philip.

One-year-old Lilibet, known as Lili, has the middle name Diana, which was chosen in memory of her late grandmother.

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When Lilibet's name was first announced, a spokesman for Harry and Meghan said: "The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called.

"During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour.

"Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name."

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Harry and Meghan were seen keeping a low profile during the Queen's thanksgiving service at St Paul's on Friday.

They arrived ahead of Prince Charles to cheers from onlookers, and all eyes were on he couple as they walked down the cathedral aisle to take their seats in the second-from-front row.

After the service, the couple were believed to have skipped a lunch for royals and politicians at London's Guildhall, instead heading back to their Frogmore Cottage base.

Neither Lilibet, nor her older brother, Archie, have been seen in public at any of the Jubilee celebrations so far.

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