Professional photographer Mr Harriman later shared a black and white snap on Twitter of Meghan holding Lilibet alongside the words: “It was such a privilege to celebrate the 1st birthday of Lilibet with my family and hers! Joy and face painting all around.”
Lilibet’s birthday was on Saturday, but the picture wasn’t made public until Monday night, when the Jubilee weekend was over and many fans have speculated that this delayed timing is a part of Prince Harry and Meghan’s determined efforts to keep a low profile during their Platinum Jubilee visit.
Unsurprisingly, the well wishes from fans flooded in across social media, as well as praise for the Queen’s great granddaughter. “Wow what a beautiful girl Lili is . Thank you for sharing . Absolutely gorgeous. ❤️❤️❤️,” wrote one, another added: “Ohhh Lili you made my day 😍🥺🥺🥺
Thank you both M&H for these incredible surprise 😭.”
Many were also quick to point out her resemblance to her dad: “
The copy of the father ❤️.”
The BBC reports that a spokesperson for the Sussexes said cake was also served at the picnic by the couple’s wedding baker Claire Ptak and that more than $100,000 (£79,800) worth of donations had been made in their daughter’s honour by people around the globe to World Central Kitchen – an organisation providing meals for those affected by humanitarian, climate and community crises.
Prince Harry and Meghan said they were “incredibly touched” by birthday wishes they received for their second child, who was named in honour of the Queen (Prince Phillip used to call her Lilibet as a term of endearment).
It is thought that the Queen met Lilibet for the first time, after she was born in California where the family now live, though no official announcement has been made.
Happy birthday, Lilibet – we’re free to babysit anytime!