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Lilibet to celebrate her first birthday in Britain after meeting the Queen

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The Queen is set to meet Harry and Meghan's daughter Lillibet for the first time as she releases a diary on Namesake's birthday

The Queen met Lillibet for the first time on Thursday (Picture: HSH Alexey Lubomirski / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex | Reuters)

Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lillibet will celebrate her first birthday in the UK today as Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue.

The Queen was born on Friday June 4, 2021 at 11.40 am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, where the Sussexes now live.

Lilibet was first used when Princess Elizabeth was just a child and was unable to pronounce her name properly.

Her grandfather, King George V, affectionately called her ‘Lilibet’, imitating his attempts to call her Elizabeth.

The sweet surname stuck and she has since become a lilibate to her family.

The middle name of one-year-old Lillibet, known as Lily, is Diana, chosen in memory of her late grandmother.

Harry’s mother Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.

Neither Lillibet nor her older brother Archie, 3, have been seen in public at any of the anniversary celebrations so far.

Although, They met the Queen on Thursday during a private luncheon at Windsor Castle after Trooping the Colour.

Royal commentator Omid Scobie said it was likely to be ‘the first moment or the first time for her (the Queen) to meet her name’.

It was also the first time the Queen had seen Archie in person since the couple left the royal family and overthrew America.

With the Monarchs not traveling to Epsom Racecourse for the Derby on Saturday, it could be the perfect opportunity for the firm to regroup to celebrate Lillibet’s christening at Windsor Castle on the baby’s first birthday.

However Mr Scobie, the author of Finding Freedom, said Harry and Meghan want to ‘be as low profile as possible during this visit’ – so photos of the family reunion are not expected.

He told BBC Breakfast: ‘Those moments with Lilibet are very personal between him and the Queen.

Fans are desperate to catch a glimpse of Archie and Lillibet. The couple has carefully kept their children away from the spotlight since moving to America, with Archie only featured a few times.

Meanwhile, the only photo we have of Lillibet was published by the Sussexes on Christmas.

The first photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter Lillibet is released in a Christmas card on December 23, 2021.  The image shows Harry hugging his son Archie, as Meghan lifts Lillibet in the air.  This photo was taken by Alexei Lubomirsky this summer at the couple's home in Santa Barbara, California.  A message on the card reads: This year 2021, we welcomed our daughter Lilibet into the world.  Archie made us 'mom' and 'dad' and Lillibet made us a family.  Alexey Lubomirski / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

This is the only family photo released by the Sussexes (Picture: Alexey Lubomirski / The Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

Kate and William’s three children are featured more regularly in official royal appearances and a new official portrait of them is always released on their birthdays.

However, one of the Lilibet is not expected today.

Harry and Meghan are said to want to avoid media attention this weekend so as not to overshadow the Queen as the public celebrates their 70-year reign.

The Sussexes were not on the Buckingham Palace balcony as the Jubilee celebrations began, but were seen through a window at the Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour, which showed them chatting with some royal children was.

On Friday, they attended a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral, but later did not attend a reception at the Guildhall, which was attended by most other royals.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is finally here.

The ceremony, which takes place from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, marks Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th year on the throne.

Across the UK, there will be street parties, concerts and other special events involving the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.

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