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OMG, the Queen Secretly Met Baby Lilibet After Trooping the Colour

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It’s official: Queen Elizabeth has finally met Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 1-year-old daughter, Lilibet, according to multiple reports.

Yesterday, the 96-year-old monarch was reportedly introduced to her namesake during a private lunch with family members. According to Daily Mail, the gathering took place at a secret location shortly after the queen’s Trooping the Colour birthday parade.

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Royal expert Omid Scobie—who wrote Prince Harry and Markle’s tell-all biography, Finding Freedom—confirmed the get-together in an interview with BBC (via Daily Mail) and explained why fans shouldn’t be surprised by the secrecy.

“Those moments with Lilibet are very much private between them and the queen,” he told the outlet. “And of course, we know how much she’s been looking forward to it.”

Scobie shared details about the family’s itinerary, adding, “We know the queen went back to Windsor Castle yesterday. The couple went back to Windsor as well, where they’re staying at Frogmore Cottage. So, that would have been the first moment or the first chance for her to meet her namesake.”

However, Scobie warned that a Lilibet sighting at a public event is highly unlikely. “I think people are expecting some sort of big birthday extravagant event, that we’re going to see photographs from,” he said. “From what I’m told, we shouldn’t expect anything.”

The introduction between Queen Elizabeth and Lilibet was a longtime coming. Although Lili is named after Her Majesty, they hadn’t met prior to the Platinum Jubilee. So, this marked the first time that Lilibet had traveled across the pond to meet her aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.

All we have to say is…finally.

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