London: Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family have congratulated Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the birth of their daughter whom they have named Lilibet ‘Lili’.
Lilibet would be the monarch’s 11th great-grandchild. The royals, including Harry’s father Prince Charles and brother Prince William, were delighted with the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby girl in Los Angeles on Friday, the Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Sunday (June 6).
Lili is the first of the Queen”s great-grandchildren to be born outside the United Kingdom as Harry and Meghan relocated to California in the US last year after they stepped back as frontline royals.
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana,” the statement said.
Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.
Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/dGVeRpd3pK
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2021
“The Queen, the Prince of Wales (Charles) and The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate Middleton) are delighted with the news,” it said.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton posted from their official Instagram account to say: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also sent a message of goodwill through Twitter, saying: “Many congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter.”
Many congratulations to The Duke & Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 6, 2021
According to Variety, Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 am at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. At the time of birth, representatives for the couple told Lili weighed 7 lbs 11 oz., and that both mother and child are in healthy condition, settling in at home.
Lili has been named after her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Lili’s middle name, Diana, is in honour of her late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.
Lilibet was first used when Princess Elizabeth was 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 and from then on she became Lilibet, including to Prince Philip, the Queen’s late husband.
Meghan and Harry officially stepped down from their roles as senior royals last year. Since last summer, they have been living with Archie in their new home in Southern California. Lili joins older brother Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born in 2019.