Prince Harry and Meghan Markle held Lilibet’s first birthday. Older members of the royal family did not leave.

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Lilibet’s birthday party is a royal proxy war

The Daily Beast published yesterday that it was “unlikely” that Queen Elizabeth planned to attend the first birthday of her great-granddaughter Lilibet at Frogmore Cottage on Saturday, as the story goes, “and so it turned out.

The Sun. reports that it was a “relaxed” birthday party for Lilibet, held at Prince Harry and Megan Marklethe real royal family was missing, and only the children of Tyndall and Phillips, granddaughters of Princess Anne, were expected to appear.

Their parents – Zara and Mike Tindall, and Peter and August Philips – are not HRH, which makes their presence completely uncontroversial.

Queen, which was not good enough to make most of its own jubilee celebrations, did not attend. Located in Windsor due to movement problems, she was in her “comfortable clothes” and watching the races on TV, as Zara later told reporters at the Derby horse race. HM is believed to be gathering strength in hopes of being able to go out on the balcony on Sunday to end a four-day weekend.

William and Kate, meanwhilehe made it clear that they were not attending Lilibet’s first birthday, nor were their children, with the simple goal of appearing publicly in high profile hundreds of miles away in Cardiff with George and Charlotte on Saturday.

However, the online joy was visible, and birthday greetings for Lilibet were coming out of accounts on the social networks of the royal family, Charles and Camille, and Will and Kate. It is privately known that the queen first met her namesake in a private meeting with Harry and his family.

The Sun. says Harry and Meghan “held an informal garden party at Frogmore Cottage, on the royal estate, with a birthday cake, balloons, board games and picnic snacks.”

It was a beautiful opportunity for the other royal children to meet Lilibet for the first time.

Royal source

Whoever talked to the newspaper was well informed about the event; and whatever else serves to show it Sussexes enjoyed at least one occasion during these last few days of platinum jubilee events – a period of time that, at least visually, seemed to underline their isolation from the rest of the royal family. Did Harry talk to William at all? Nobody knows. At least in public the couple did not exchange a smile.

Sources said Sun.: “It was wonderful and it had everything you would expect from a children’s birthday party. But there was no formal party. The idea was to make it very relaxed and casual, with people free to enter and exit as they wish. It was a beautiful opportunity for the other royal children to meet Lilibet for the first time. And as her first birthday is a big milestone, there have been many discussions ahead of time about the gifts she will give her on that day. One idea that proved very popular was the pink Volkswagen Beetle driving toy, which was spotted at Selfridges. ”

Nice. And great product placement!

Kate’s kids are cooking for Sunday’s celebration

The final event of the Jubilee, the Jubilee Election, will be held on Sunday. This is a procession of buoys, musicians, corgi puppets (no kidding) and circus flows through the ceremonial streets of central London.

6,000 performers will line up on a two-mile route following that of the 1953 coronation procession. Despite the terrible warnings of bad weather, the rain in London has stopped so far, and it seems that the organizers could be more lucky than in 2012, when a three-hour procession across the Thames in cold and humid conditions led to the death of Prince Philip. hospitalized.

Sunday is also a party day in the UK, and Charles and Camilla arrived just before noon local time for one such event at London’s cricket field, taking their seats at a 20-foot tea table while Edward and Sophie were due to sit down for a table at The Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, where royal residents are trying to “break the world record for the longest dinner table by assembling 488 tables”, the Daily mail reports.

However, the show is stealing new pictures that Kate posted showing her three children baking in Cardiff yesterday.

Question: Why did the palace even bother to invite Harry and Megan?

In the midst of its brilliance, glamor and Rejoicing at the Paddington base from yesterday’s pop concert at the palace, it was hard not to notice the absence of Harry and Megan. The Daily Beast doesn’t know if they were “NFI” as the old British saying goes (Not F ***** g Invited) or if they decided not to attend. In support of the second version of events, rumors are circulating that they were invited to a reception at the Guildhall after a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, but decided not to leave of their own accord.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch Paddington Bear and the HM Queen on screen during a platinum party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace.

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Are they invited to these occasions, and they decide not to go. Maybe. If you feel as undesirable as the royal members seem to make them, why would you behave well in front of the camera?

Instead, Harry and Meghan may have watched the event on TV at their Frogmore Cottage (and maybe not). Let’s hope they got pizza and beer, and resisted the temptation to throw crusts at William and Charles as they gave their speeches on screen.

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“Platty Jub” so far, in case you missed it

The platinum jubilee weekend is coming to an end on Sunday afternoon, and as the royal planners review the events so far, they are probably quite pleased with how things went after all the years of planning.

Day 1, Thursday was a hit out and out. The sun, the blue sky and the miraculously healthy monarch who appears not once, not twice but three times to receive the gratitude of his people. The first two appearances were on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during and after the Trooping the Color ceremony, which celebrates the Queen’s official birthday, and went like clockwork.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Louis of Cambridge overlook the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color parade on June 2, 2022 in London, England.

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The third, which was supposed to launch Beacon Lighting ceremonies across the UK, may have been a small mistake; the queen stepped out of Suvereign’s entrance to Windsor Castle, leaning heavily on her cane, and pressed a button represented as a ball, which lit a series of arranged Christmas lights, we think, as a scepter. They were supposed to connect with Prince William, who was doing the same thing at Buckingham Palace. It took a certain amount of magical thinking.

The effect was not helped by the fact that many communities in the UK lit their lighthouses long before the Queen pressed the button.

The first day of Operation Hide Meghan and Harry also took effect on Thursday. After much amusement of the fact that they had been invited to the celebration and would be watching ‘Trooping’ with other members of the royal family in a ceremonial room overlooking the parade ground, Harry and Meghan were not invited to wave photographers out the window. Eventually, a few grainy shots appeared in which they jokingly silenced Tindall’s children.

Thursday ended a little worse; the news that the Queen had been quite uncomfortable that day and would not be appearing at the Thanksgiving service for her reign in St. Paul’s Cathedral the next day. That service was a fascinating pictorial depiction of royal dysfunction as Harry and Meghan were brutally thrown out of the royal family’s inner circle, located miles away from William, Kate and Charles in the cathedral. Surprisingly, the brothers did not even acknowledge each other’s existence.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2022 in London, England.

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After the service, Harry and Meghan did not attend the reception, although rumors are circulating that they have been invited – instead they have returned to Frogmore Cottage. Saturday’s daily event – the Derby Horse Race – was dominated by the Queen’s constant absence; however, she had already appeared in advance at an evening party at the palace thanks to her Paddington Bear sketch, which was charming and funny.

Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex (L), James, Viscount Severn (C) and Britain’s Lady Louise Windsor (R) take their seats at the Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace on June 4, 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

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Again, there was no sign of Harry and Meghan. Perhaps the last chance to correct the omission will come on Sunday night, when, according to the worst kept secret in Britain, there will be another appearance on the balcony at the end of the jubilee election. If the Queen succeeds, and Harry and Meghan aren’t involved, it’s hard to see when the family will ever take the opportunity to reconcile in public.

This week in royal history

The first weekend in June is always when Elizabeth celebrates her “official birthday,” and the real one is April 21st. Edward VII is to blame for all this work around two birthdays. His birthday was on November 9, but in 1908 he moved the ceremony to the summer in the hope that there would be less bad weather.

If he were alive, Prince Philip would have turned 101. He was born on June 10, 1921, in Villa Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece.

Unanswered questions

CHEEZ, SO MUCH. Who is responsible for the low, low, low profile of Harry and Megan this weekend, and is the palace aware that it looks as if the Californians have been belittled again? Why did Harry and Megan try to come to Great Britain, knowing that the family would be so universally covered up? Was it because of that one audience with the Queen, knowing that it might be the only time she met her great-granddaughter named after her pet, Lilibet? Either way, it is assumed that it was a few difficult and strange days for them.

And that the celebrations have the necessary dual purpose: a loud hosanna for the Queen’s 75 years on the throne, and at the same time an optimistic attempt by the palace to sell the public new players in the royal soap opera, the main and essential parts? If so, did it work, or did it just show that the royal family is an anachronistic bunch of mega-distractions in luxury and dress, for which the public will eventually get tired of paying?

Was the platinum jubilee a four-day party of praise and joy for royal fans, and an excuse to drink, be absent from work, let loose hair, or hide in a dark corner with a desire to get it all done for everyone else?

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