The Queen has reportedly finally met her great-granddaughter Lilibet — the child named in tribute to the monarch's own nickname.
It is believed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took their children, including Archie, aged three, to Windsor Castle to see their great-grandmother soon after they arrived in the UK for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, due to the Queen’s current mobility problem.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second child, born on June 4, 2021, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, was named in honour of the Queen.
Lilibet is celebrating her first birthday in the UK and it was anticipated that, given that the Queen had cancelled her trip to the Epsom Derby and would not be attending the Party at the Palace, she would make time to see her grandson and his children.
The Queen's childhood nickname was coined when the then Princess Elizabeth was a toddler in the 1920s and struggled to pronounce her own name properly.
The Queen’s father George VI was quoted as saying of his daughters: "Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy." The nickname was also used by the monarch’s late husband, Prince Philip, as well as close family and friends.
The BBC reported that the Sussexes had not asked permission to use the name and that none had been granted.
But a spokesman for the couple insisted that Lilibet’s great-grandmother was told in advance and that they would not have used the name had the monarch disapproved of it.
The spokesman 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."
Omid Scobie, of ABC News in the US, said: "Despite everything that has happened, the relationship between the Sussexes and the Queen has remained warm and close.
"Introducing her to Lilibet will no doubt be one of the highlights of the Sussexes' time here in England and a moment the queen has been looking forward to."
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