Members of the royal family often post new photos of their children to mark their birthdays in the early years and are often seen by the public, before starting their royal duties. But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who stepped down from royal duties in 2020, continued that tradition by posting never-before-seen snaps of their youngest daughter, Lillibet, to celebrate her first birthday.
The Sussex youngest turned a year older on Saturday, at the height of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in Britain.
To mark the occasion, the 37-year-old Duke and 40-year-old Duchess posted an adorable photo of Lillibet, which has only been photographed once before.
The public has previously only seen her in Christmas cards produced by the Duke and Duchess, in which the couple smiles and plays with Lillibet and her three-year-old older brother Archie.
But the birthday portrait recalls a royal tradition that Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William observe the birthdays of their children, as have royalty for several decades.
Recently, painstaking photos of Prince Louis were released on the Cambridge’s youngest boy’s fourth birthday in April.
Wearing a star-studded gray jumper, the prince smiles and runs with a cricket ball on Norfolk beach in charming photos.
But there is a key difference between the pictures chosen by the Sussexes and the Cambridges, Professor Pauline McLaren told Express.co.uk.
Professor McLaren, co-author of ‘Royal Fever’, said the disparity is precisely who is behind the camera that immortalizes those precious childhood moments in the form of a picture.
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They attended a Lillibet birthday party at Windsor Grounds over the weekend.
In a separate photo taken by Mr Harriman and later posted to his social media, Meghan and Lillibet look at the camera with Mr Harriman’s family.
Posting a photo of their daughter smiling at a picnic at Frogmore Cottage, Meghan, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, said they were “incredibly impressed by the countless birthday wishes” for their daughter.
In the photo, Lilibet is smiling while sitting on a patch of grass in a light blue dress, wearing a white headband.
Her red hair, clearly reminiscent of her father, is clearly visible along with a series of baby teeth.
The photo was described as “frank” and “spontaneous” at the “informal and intimate” celebration.
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