Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold the first birthday party for Lilibet. No senior royals attended.

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Lilibet’s birthday party is the royal proxy war

The Daily Beast reported yesterday that it was “very unlikely” that Queen Elizabeth planned to “attend a rumored first birthday party for her great-granddaughter Lilibet at Frogmore Cottage on Saturday,” and so it happened.

Tea Sun reports that the “casual” birthday party for Lilibet, hosted by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was absent real royalty, with only Tindall and Phillip’s children – grandchildren of Princess Anne – expected to show up.

Their parents – Zara and Mike Tindall, and Peter and August Philips – are not HRHs, making their participation completely uncontroversial.

The Queen, who was not healthy enough to make most of her own anniversary celebrations, did not attend. She was in Windsor with mobility problems and was in her “comfortable clothes” and watched the race on TV, as Zara later told reporters at the Derby horse race. HM is believed to be gathering her strength in the hope that she can show up on the balcony on Sunday to end the four-day weekend.

William and Kate, meanwhile, made it very clear that they were not attending Lilibet’s first birthday party, nor were their children, by the simple means of making a high-profile public appearance hundreds of miles away in Cardiff with George and Charlotte on Saturday.

Online joy, however, was visible, with birthday wishes for Lilibet posted from social media accounts from the royal family, Charles and Camilla, and Will and Kate. Privately, it is known that the Queen met her namesake for the first time at a private meeting with Harry and his family.

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

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

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Anyone who has spoken to the newspaper is well-informed about the event; and whatever it is, it serves to show that the Sussex have enjoyed at least one occasion over the last few days of platinum anniversary events – a period which, at least visually, has seemed to have underlined their isolation from the rest of the the Royal . Did Harry talk to William at all? No one knows. Not a smile has been exchanged on the couple in public at least.

Sources told Sun: “It was a nice thing and had everything one would expect from a child’s birthday party. But there was no formal entertainment. The idea was that it should be very casual and relaxed, with people free to come in and out, like they would.It was a great opportunity for the other royal children to meet Lilibet for the first time.And since her first birthday is such a milestone, there was plenty of discussion in advance about the gifts she would receive on the day.An idea, what turned out to be very popular was a 75-pound pink Volkswagen Beetle ride-on toy that had been seen in Selfridges. “

Lovely. And excellent product placement too!

Kate’s kids are cooking for Sunday’s party

On Sunday, the last event of the anniversary takes place, the anniversary competition. This is a procession of floats, musicians, corgi dolls (we are not kidding) and circus performances through the ceremonial streets of central London.

6,000 artists will stand along the two-mile route that follows the route from the 1953 coronation procession. Despite gloomy warnings about bad weather, the rain has endured in London so far, and it looks like the organizers may be luckier than they did in 2012, when a three-hour hike down the Thames in cool and wet conditions resulted in Prince Philip was admitted.

Sunday is also a joint party day in the UK, and Charles and Camilla arrived shortly before noon local time for such an event at a cricket ground in London, where they took their seats at a 20-foot tea table, while Edward and Sophie were to sit until 6 p.m. table at The Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, where royal punchers try to “break the world record for the longest dinner table by gathering 488 tables,” Daily mail reports.

But, stealing the show are new photos posted by Kate showing her three children baking in Cardiff yesterday.

Question: Why did the palace bother to invite Harry and Meghan at all?

Amidst all the glitter, glamor and Paddington Bear-based cheers from yesterday’s pop concert in the palace, it was hard not to notice the absence of Harry and Meghan. The Daily Beast does not know if they were “NFI”, as the old British saying goes (Not F ***** g Invited) or made a decision not to participate. Giving confidence to the second version of events is a rumor circulating that they were invited to the Guildhall reception after St. Paul’s Cathedral service Friday, but chose not to go of his own accord.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge see Paddington Bear and HM the Queen on display during the platinum party in the palace in front of Buckingham Palace.

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Are they invited to these apartments, and choose not to go. Maybe. If you are forced to feel as unwelcome as the royals seem to make them, then why would you play nicely for the cameras?

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

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“Platty Jub” so far if you missed it

The Platinum Jubilee weekend draws to a close on Sunday afternoon, and as royal planners review events so far, they’re probably reasonably happy with how things have gone after all the years of planning.

Day 1, Thursday was an out and out hit. Sunshine, blue skies and a miraculously healthy monarch appeared 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 look out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Color Parade on 2 June 2022 in London, England.

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The third, who was supposed to trigger the Beacon Lighting ceremonies around the UK, was perhaps a little dud; the queen appeared from the entrance of the sovereign at Windsor Castle, heavily leaning on a stick and pressing a button presented as a ball, which lit a series of Christmas lights arranged, we think, as a scepter. These were to be somehow associated with Prince William, who did the same at Buckingham Palace. A certain amount of magical thinking was required.

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

Thursday also saw the entry into force of the first day of Operation Hide Meghan and Harry. After making a big deal out of being invited to the festivities and wanting to see ‘Trooping’ with other members of the royal family in a ceremony room overlooking the parade ground, Harry and Meghan were very much not invited to wave to photographers from the windows. Eventually, a few grainy shoots appeared from those jokingly shaking the Tindall children.

Thursday ended with a bit of a downturn; the news that the Queen had found the day rather uncomfortable and would not show up at a Thanksgiving service for her reign in St. Louis. Paul’s Cathedral the next day. This service was a fascinating pictorial representation of royal dysfunction as Harry and Meghan were brutally pulled out of the inner circle of the royal family sitting miles away from William, Kate and Charles in the cathedral. Amazingly, the brothers did not even acknowledge each other’s existence.

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

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After the service, Harry and Meghan did not attend a reception, although there are rumors circulating that they were invited – instead of going back to Frogmore Cottage. Saturday’s daytime – the Derby horse race – was dominated by the Queen’s persistent absence; however, she performed in advance for the 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 4 June 2022 as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Anniversary Celebration.

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Again, there was no sign of Harry and Meghan. Perhaps the last chance to rectify the omission will come on Sunday night, when, according to the worst-kept secret in the UK, there will be another balcony appearance at the end of the anniversary competition. If the Queen manages it, and Harry and Meghan are not there, it’s hard to see when the family will ever take the opportunity to publicly reconcile.

This week in royal history

The first weekend in June is always when Elizabeth celebrates her “official birthday”, the real one is April 21st. It is Edward VII who is to blame for all these two birthdays. His birthday was November 9, but in 1908 he moved the ceremony to summer in hopes of less bad weather.

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

Unanswered questions

CHEEZ, SO MANY. Who’s in charge of Harry’s and Meghan’s low, low, low profile this weekend, and is the palace aware that it looks like the Californians are being snatched again? Why did Harry and Meghan want to come to the UK when they knew they would be so universally shiny by the family? Was it for one audience with the Queen, knowing that it might be the only time she meets the great-granddaughter who bears her pet name, Lilibet? Either way, one assumes it has been a few harsh and strange days for them.

And have the celebrations served a necessary dual purpose: a loud hosiannah for the Queen’s 75 years on the throne, while at the same time being an optimistic effort by the palace to sell the new players in the royal soap opera, large and small parts, to the public? If so, has it seemed or just shown that the royal family is an anachronistic bunch of mega-toffs in festivals and costumes that the public eventually gets tired of paying for?

Has Platinum Jubilee been a four-day celebration of praise and joy for royal fans and an excuse to drink, take time off work, drop your hair or hide in a dark corner and wish it would all be over, for everyone else ?

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