Prince Harry, Meghan's daughter celebrates 1st birthday in UK amid possible 1st meeting with Queen Elizabeth II
Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the youngest child of Prince Harry and Meghan, is celebrating her first birthday in the UK.
Lili, who turns 1 on Saturday, made her first trip to the UK this week with her parents and older brother Archie, 3, to celebrate her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee, which marks 70 years on the throne.
The trip to the UK also provided Lili with a chance to potentially meet her namesake, according to ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie.
Lilibet, Lili's full first name, is the nickname of the 96-year-old Queen's family.
"This trip was not only an opportunity for Harry and Meghan to celebrate the Queen's platinum anniversary, but also an opportunity for the Queen to meet her daughter," Scobie said. "Yesterday, after Trooping the Color, would have been the first opportunity for the Queen to meet Lilibet as they both returned to Windsor after the parade."
The Queen's official Twitter account posted a happy birthday on Saturday.
"Happy 1st Birthday to Lilibet!" the tweet read, accompanied by a picture of a red balloon.
Lili was born in California, where the Sussexes relocated in 2020 after stepping down from their roles as senior working royals. She is the first senior royal baby to be born in the United States and the first of the Queen's great-grandchildren to be born outside the United Kingdom.
Neither Lili nor British-born Archie are believed to have seen the Queen in person for the past two years.
PHOTO: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she watches from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Color ceremony in London June 2, 2022. (Jonathan Brady/AP)
"Despite everything that has happened, the relationship between the Sussexes and the Queen has remained warm and close," Scobie said. "Introducing her to Lilibet will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the Sussexes' time here in England and a moment the Queen has been looking forward to."
The Queen has spent much of her time at Windsor Castle, which is close to Harry and Meghan's home base in the UK, Frogmore Cottage, during the four-day anniversary holiday.
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On Saturday, Lili's birthday, Harry and Megan plan to spend the day "privately as a family," according to a Sussexes spokesman.
Harry and Meghan's only public appearance so far during the anniversary was on Friday morning when they joined members of the royal family at St Paul's Cathedral in London for a national Thanksgiving service in honor of the Queen. The service, which the Queen did not attend, marked the Sussexes' first public appearance at a royal event in two years.
PHOTO: Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022 for the National Service of Thanksgiving to be held during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London. (Matt Dunham/AP)
On Thursday, Harry and Meghan attended Trooping the Color privately, watching the parade and flying by with other members of the royal family from an office at Buckingham Palace.
It remains unclear which of the royal family the Sussexes will be spending time with during their visit to the UK.
Harry's brother, Prince William, and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are not known to have met Lili since birth.
William and Kate are the parents of Archie and Lili's only cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
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