As the Queen marked two months since the passing of her husband Prince Philip this past week, Her Majesty also had several happier moments as life starts to return to something approaching normal.
The Queen returned to the international stage with G7 leaders in Cornwall, England, wielded a sword to cut a ceremonial cake for a community endeavour and received U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife for tea at Windsor Castle, the first such visitors she has had in almost 15 months. The Queen also saw one of her horses (Wink of an Eye) win at Haydock Park on what would have been the late Duke’s 100th birthday and she fit in her official birthday parade at Windsor Castle.
The reduction in case counts in the U.K. along with the rapid expansion of the vaccinated population enables the Royal Family to return to events, although they are still a hybrid of in person and virtual, such as the Queen’s web meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last Friday.
As the circle of life continues, one of the happier family moments was the arrival of a baby daughter Lilibet Diana for Prince Harry and Meghan, the Queen’s 11th great grandchild. While Meghan had previously shared that she was going to have a girl, the news last Sunday was still a welcome surprise. It was widely anticipated that the baby girl would be named for the Queen or the late Princess of Wales, and for many, naming the baby with a personal family name used for the Queen, Lilibet, was…