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Queen, 96, ‘will prioritize seeing Lilibet for her great-granddaughter’s first birthday tomorrow, despite mobility issues’

THE Queen will prioritize seeing Lilibet on the tot’s first birthday tomorrow – despite the Epsom Derby withdrawal, a royal expert says.

Her Majesty did not attend today’s Thanksgiving service after experiencing mobility issues during yesterday’s celebrations.

The Queen will prioritize Lilibet's first birthday tomorrow - despite being forced to drop out of the Epsom Derby, a royal author says

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The Queen will prioritize Lilibet’s first birthday tomorrow – despite being forced to drop out of the Epsom Derby, a royal author saysPhoto credit: AFP
Her Majesty is believed to have met Lilibet for the first time at Windsor Castle yesterday

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Her Majesty is believed to have met Lilibet for the first time at Windsor Castle yesterdayPhoto credit: Alexi Lubomirski

It was also confirmed today that, as expected, she will not be traveling to the Derby, which is one of her favorite events of the year.

However, author Richard Fitzwilliams says she is unlikely to miss such a special family day out with the great-granddaughter named after her.

It is understood she first met Lilibet yesterday after the Sussexes took the tot to Windsor Castle.

Me Fitzwilliams told the Sun Online: “The derby would have been too much for her tomorrow but I’m sure she’s really looking forward to celebrating Lili’s birthday.

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“Absolutely, she’ll make it a priority to see you.

“It’s just a question of mobility. And when there are ups and downs in mobility, it is very difficult to plan.”

Her Majesty beamed as she joined her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday afternoon.

She was seen smiling at Louis, who stole the show as he chatted animatedly and grimaced.

But hours later, officials said she would not be attending tonight’s service because she experienced some “inconveniences” during the ceremony.

Still, she smiled bravely for the Brits as she lit a bonfire in the grounds of Windsor Castle in the evening.

Kate Middleton today reassured worried royal fans that the monarch is “doing well” despite being “very busy” yesterday.

Mr Fitzwilliams said the Derby withdrawal was a particular source of regret for Her Majesty.

She doesn’t have a horse running this year, but “I wish I had.”

“However, there is still hope that she will win next year. She’s so keen on the turf, she’s a big enthusiast, so passionate,” he said.


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“Royal Ascot is the first thing that goes into her diary. It is one of their joys.”

Despite the absence of both the Queen and Prince Andrew – who has tested positive for Covid – today’s service went smoothly.

Harry and Meghan were also among the participants.

Cheers erupted as the “nervous” couple arrived hand in hand.

The Sussexes sat apart from William and Kate but appeared at ease during the high-profile occasion, smiling and joking with family members.

Charles and Camilla were the last royals to arrive, stopping to speak to members of the clergy before making their way to their front row seats.

On their walk, Charles paused to blow his daughter-in-law Kate a kiss.

Harry and Meghan beamed as they greeted the crowd at Thanksgiving service today

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Harry and Meghan beamed as they greeted the crowd at Thanksgiving service todayPhoto credit: Getty
There was great cheering for William and Kate as they entered St. Paul's

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There was great cheering for William and Kate as they entered St. Paul’sCredit: PA
The Sussexes appeared relaxed and happy as they attended church today, despite sitting across from the Cambridges

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The Sussexes appeared relaxed and happy as they attended church today, despite sitting across from the CambridgesCredit: AP
Harry in particular seemed happy to be home and was seen beaming at friends and family

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Harry in particular seemed happy to be home and was seen beaming at friends and familyPhoto credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
The Queen smiled brightly as she joined her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday, but announced hours later that she was unable to attend the service

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The Queen smiled brightly as she joined her family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday, but announced hours later that she was unable to attend the servicePhoto credit: Getty

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