THE Queen has shared her diary to attend a possible first birthday party for Lilibet – Harry and Meghan’s daughter, who was named in her honour.
Her Majesty, 96, is likely to miss her favorite sporting event, the Derby, on Saturday – the day her great-granddaughter turns one.
The monarch has never met the tot, whose first anniversary is to be celebrated by Harry, 37, and mother-of-two Meghan, 40, at Frogmore Cottage, a stone’s throw from Windsor Castle.
The couple, who caused a stir when they “told not asked” the Queen to name their daughter Lilibet, will spend the platinum four-day anniversary at the residence next weekend.
Aides do their best to keep Her Majesty’s journal in order not to tire her.
She has been suffering from “episodic mobility problems” for the past six months and uses a cane.
Last week she was chauffeured around the Chelsea Flower Show in a £62,000 buggy.
She was at Craigowan Lodge, her hideaway in the Highlands with its own wheelchair-accessible elevator on her Balmoral estate.
Sources close to the Queen say it is “becoming increasingly unlikely” that she will travel to Epsom for the Derby after all three of her horses have dropped out of the race.
Efforts were made to ensure she could get to the royal box on the big day, but palace sources tell The Sun it is being cancelled.
The Queen, who will remain in Scotland until mid-week, will also miss Thursday’s official Trooping the Color salute.
She will instead appear twice on the Buckingham Palace balcony – once to receive a salute from returning Guardsmen and then with her family for the RAF flypast.
The Queen is hoping to attend Friday’s Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, where she will appear with Meghan, Harry and disgraced son Prince Andrew, 62.
Before Covid-19 struck, the Queen had only missed the derby twice – on a state visit to Sweden in 1956 and on the 40th anniversary of D-Day in France in 1984.
It’s the only major race in which she has never owned the winner during her 70-year reign.
Plans for a parade of their current and former jockeys wearing the Queen’s purple, red and gold racing silks, along with a performance of their racehorses, are still ongoing to the delight of onlookers.
It’s possible that the Queen, whose pet name was Lilibet as a child, will meet Harry and Meghan’s daughter on that day.
She and Prince Philip first saw the couple’s now two-year-old son at Windsor Castle in May 2019.
It is believed that Lilibet, who was born in California, has yet to be baptized.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the Queen’s diary plans.
Other royals, meanwhile, will attend community events to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th reign.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will meet guests at a feast at The Oval in south London, while the Earl and Countess of Wessex will join members of the local community in Windsor.
The shindigs are part of the Big Jubilee Lunches, which includes events ranging from world-record bids for longest street party to backyard barbecues, organizers say.
More than 85,000 people will host the luncheon, the official community celebration of the anniversary.
Images of platinum pudding and Scotch eggs will feature on a 20ft felt work by artist Lucy Sparrow that Charles and Camilla will see at the cricket ground. It is on display at Buckingham Palace.
Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74, will also party with the EastEnders in a special on the BBC soap.
They will be seen in an episode at a big lunch on Thursday.
Edward, 58, and Sophie, 57, will join Berkshire residents for their special lunch on the Long Walk near Windsor Castle.
For the anniversary, the route will be reinvented as “The Long Table”.
More than 600 Big Jubilee Lunches are planned in the Commonwealth and beyond – from Canada to Brazil, New Zealand to Japan and South Africa to Switzerland.
Brits will be flocking to Platinum Jubilee events across the country and millions will be taking short breaks.
Motorists are being warned of delays on popular routes and the RAC expects there will be 19.5 million leisure trips on the road between Wednesday and Sunday.
A survey of 1,460 drivers’ travel plans found that Friday will be the busiest day as day-trippers depart and families return from half-time breaks.
Traffic information provider Inrix advised motorists to set off either before 6am or after 3pm to avoid the worst of traffic.
Almost four out of ten drivers told the RAC they will not be driving long distances.
About 11 percent blamed the high fuel prices.
RAC traffic guru Rod Dennis said: “Drivers clearly see a double bank holiday so close to summer as a gift with so many millions looking to make the most of it.”
UK airports will also be busy with more than 10,000 flights departing between Thursday and Sunday – triple the number last year for the period when Covid travel restrictions were in place.
Thousands have seen the mid-term holidays disrupted as easyJet canceled more than 200 flights to or from Gatwick over a ten-day period. Tui has also canceled some flights.
Network Rail, which often conducts engineering work on bank holidays, says most mainline lines will remain open during the anniversary.
Chief Andrew Haines said: “All routes to major London stations will be open. Demand will be high as people travel to the capital to celebrate this special occasion.”
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5448540/queen-meet-lilibet-first-time-birthday-party/ Queen first met Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet when she posted the diary on her namesake’s birthday