Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released a new photo of their 1-year-old daughter, Lilibet, following the Sussex family’s visit to the UK for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee festivities.
Lilibet is the spitting image of the Duke of Sussex — including his signature red hair — in the picture taken at her 1st birthday party in the UK over the weekend.
The toddler wore a pale blue dress and white hair bow for the celebration, which took place at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, UK, on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes say the party was a “casual, intimate backyard picnic” for “close friends and family.”
Claire Ptak, who created Harry and Markle’s wedding cake in 2018, provided a special cake for Lilibet’s party, and family friend Misan Harriman spontaneously snapped the adorable photo of the tot. Harriman also notably did the “Suits” alum’s maternity shoot in March 2021.
Page Six previously reported that Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three children were invited to the intimate bash, but couldn’t attend due to previous Jubilee commitments.
Harry and Markle’s daughter met Queen Elizabeth II, after whom Lilibet is named, for the first time last week when they brought her and son Archie, 3, to London to celebrate the 96-year-old monarch’s historic 70 years of service.
Page Six reported that the Queen met her great-granddaughter briefly when the Sussexes landed in the UK. The Queen and Lilibet then reunited at Windsor Castle ahead of the little one’s 1st birthday Saturday.
Harry, 37, and Markle, 40, revealed in June 2021 that the name they chose for their daughter was a nod to the Queen’s childhood nickname used by her close family members, including her late husband, Prince Philip.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” read a statement released after Lilibet’s birth.
Sources close to the couple told Page Six that Harry had told his grandmother that they would be naming their daughter Lilibet, though other palace sources claimed they never asked for the Queen’s permission.
While the Queen was able to meet Lilibet, as predicted, Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, skipped out on celebrating her birthday and did not meet the young royal.
Page Six exclusively reported Monday that Harry and Markle had invited the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their kids to Lilibet’s birthday celebration as an olive branch, yet William, 39, and Middleton, 40, still chose not to attend amid the brothers’ tense rivalry .
Meanwhile, the Sussexes’ trip to Britain marked Archie’s first time back in his dad’s homeland since the family moved to California after Harry and Markle resigned from their royal duties in 2020.
Harry, Markle and their kids touched down in London last Wednesday via commercial airplane and attended several Platinum Jubilee events, though they did not join the other royals on the balcony during the Trooping the Color parade Thursday.
The pair were also met with loud boos Friday while exiting the National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. At the church service, Harry and Markle notable sat far away from the Cambridges.
They quietly returned back to the States early Sunday via private jet ahead of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which closed out the Queen’s four-day festivities.