The Queen met Lilibet for the first time on Thursday (Picture: HSH ALEXI LUBOMIRSKI/DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX|Reuters)

Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet will be spending her first birthday in the UK today as Platinum Jubilee celebrations continue.

The Queen’s namesake was born at 11.40am on Friday June 4, 2021 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, where the Sussexes now live.

Lilibet was first used when Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and unable to pronounce her own name properly.

Her grandfather, King George V, would affectionately call her ‘Lilibet’ imitating her own attempts to say Elizabeth.

The sweet nickname stuck and she became Lilibet to her family from then on.

One-year-old Lilibet, known as Lili, has the middle name Diana, which was chosen in memory of her late grandmother.

Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Neither Lilibet, nor her older brother Archie, 3, have been seen in public at any of the Jubilee celebrations so far.

However, they met the Queen on Thursday during a private lunch at Windsor Castle following the Trooping the Colour.

Royal commentator Omid Scobie said this was likely to have been the ‘first moment or the first chance for her (the Queen) to meet her namesake’.

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It was also the first time the Queen saw Archie in person since the couple quit the royal family and uprooted to the US.

With the monarch not travelling to Epsom racecourse for the Derby on Saturday, it could be the perfect opportunity for the Firm to gather again to celebrate the christening of Lilibet at Windsor Castle on the child’s first birthday.

However Mr Scobie, the author of Finding Freedom, said that Harry and Meghan ‘want to be as low profile as possible during this trip’ – so photos of a family reunion aren’t expected.

‘Those moments with Lilibet are very much private between them and the Queen,’ he told BBC Breakfast.

Fans are desperate to catch a glimpse of Archie and Lilibet.

Meghan’s hairdressers spilled the beans on what they are like in an Instagram post.

George Northwood called Archie the ‘cutest, well mannered boy’ and Lilibet ‘beautiful’.

Harry and Meghan have carefully kept their children away from the spotlight since their move to America, with Archie only being pictured a handful of times.

Meanwhile, the only photo we have seen of Lilibet was published by the couple at Christmas.

This is the only family photo ever released by the Sussexes (Picture: Alexi Lubomirski / DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX)

Kate and William’s three children have been pictured more regularly on official royal appearances and in regular family portraits. A new photo of them is also usually released on their birthdays.

However, one of Lilibet is not expected today.

Harry and Meghan are said to want to avoid media attention this weekend so to not overshadow the Queen as the public celebrates her 70-year reign.

The Sussexes were not on the Buckingham Palace balcony as Jubilee celebrations kicked off, but instead were seen only in a few photos, taken through a window at Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour, showing them interacting with some of the royal children.

On Friday, they were present at a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, but did not go to a reception afterwards at the Guildhall which was attended by most of the other royals.

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