The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked the baker who created their wedding cake to make a creation for their daughter Lilibet’s low-key first birthday party.
Harry and Meghan hosted a ‘relaxed’ garden picnic on Saturday for little Lilibet in the Windsor estate with birthday cake, balloons, party games and picnic snacks, it is understood.
The couple released a new picture of their daughter to mark the occasion, taken in the garden of Frogmore Cottage. She is seen on her birthday in an official photograph with reddish locks, smiling and dressed in a pale blue frock with a white bow in her hair.
Yesterday, the couple’s wedding baker Claire Ptak, who runs London-based Violet Cakes, shared a photograph of a pretty pink cake topped with flowers and frosting that royal fans have speculated might have been created for Lili.
Birthday girl! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a new picture of Lilibet on her first birthday at Frogmore Cottage during the Platinum Jubilee
Birthday cake? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked the baker who created their wedding cake to make a creation for their daughter Lilibet’s low-key first birthday party. Claire Ptak shared a photo of this beautiful pink cake topped with flowers, which could be Lilibet’s
Delicious! Claire Ptak, who runs Violet Cakes, shared a photograph of a pretty pink cake topped with flowers and frosting that fans have speculated might have been created for Lili
Low-key celebration: Harry and Meghan, pictured, hosted a ‘relaxed’ garden picnic on Saturday for little Lilibet in the Windsor estate with birthday cake, balloons and party games
She shared a second photograph this morning with the caption ‘Frilly’.
For the couple’s wedding day, Claire made a lemon and elderflower flavor cake, served in four parts.
She has previously shared photos of the Sussexes’ wedding cake, so it is possible she would share one of Lili’s birthday cake.
This is the second official picture of Lilibet after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a Christmas card on December 23.
When Prince Harry was also one, he was pictured with his trademark reddish locks, similar to how his daughter looks now.
The Lilibet picture was taken by photographer and friend of the couple Misan Harriman, who attended the small picnic with his wife, children and reportedly members of the Royal family.
Fresh and tasty! For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day, Claire made a lemon and elderflower flavor cake, served in four parts, pictured
Those who are said to have also been at Frogmore Cottage include Zara and Mike Tindall’s three children, Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one, as well as Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, daughters of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.
Three-year-old Archie’s godfather, Charlie Van Straubenzee, and his brother Tom, godfather to Princess Charlotte, were also invited, it is understood.
The Queen was also said to have met her namesake on Thursday or Friday during the Platinum Jubilee festivities.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the Platinum Jubilee early – missing the Pageant and the Queen on the balcony on Sunday – as they flew back in a private jet to California with luggage that appeared to include a wooden swing set which looked similar to the one gifted to William and Kate by Prince Charles.
Family fun! In this picture Lilibet is seen in her mother Meghan’s arms beside photographer Misan Harriman’s family which includes his wife Camilla Holmstroem
Daddy’s double: In a photograph of Harry at a similar age, also one, he is seen with his trademark reddish locks, similar to Lilibet now, and wearing a blue dungaree and shirt
Harry and Meghan celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday in Windsor yesterday with a ‘relaxed’ birthday party —with royal second cousins invited to the festivities. Pictured, the couple with children Archie and Lilibet
Misan Harriman, Lilibet’s photographer, with one of his children in face paint in a garden
Photographer Mr Harriman wrote on her Twitter: ‘It was such a privilege to celebrate the first birthday of Lilibet with my family and hers! Joy and face painting all around.’
Twitter royal commentator and friend of the Sussexes Omid Scobie said the couple invited close friends and family for an ‘intimate backyard picnic’ as he posted the picture.
So just when HAVE Harry and Meghan shared a glimpse of Archie and Lilibet with desperate royal fans?
8 May 2019 – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear in photo-call for Archie at Windsor Castle.
When asked to expose more of their baby’s face to the cameras, the Duchess laughed as Harry joked: ‘He’s already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful.’
6 July 2019 – Meghan and Harry hold private christening for Archie and release two images of the event on Sussex Royal. It offers royal fans their first real glimpse at Archie
10 July 2019 – Meghan cradles Archie in her arms as they join Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a polo match
September 25 2019 – Meghan and Prince Harry appear in front of cameras with Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu foundation in Cape Town
24 December 2019 – Meghan and Harry release their holiday card for the year, with their son taking centre stage in the black-and-white snap
31 December 2019 – Duke and Duchess also share a snap of Prince Harry cradling Archie during their ‘break’ in Canada on Vancouver Island on their Instagram page
6 May 2020 – Meghan and Archie appear in a video for Save the Children to mark youngster’s first birthday where Duchess reads Duck or Goose
23 December 2020 – Duke and Duchess release an illustrated Christmas card in which Archie’s face is not visible
8 March 2021 – Archie appears briefly in Meghan and Harry’s Oprah Winfrey interview as he runs along beach, but his face is barely visible
9 March 2021 – Meghan and Harry share a snap cuddling with Archie in their garden – but his face is buried in Meghan’s shoulder
6 May 2021 – Meghan and Harry release photograph of Archie from behind for his 2nd birthday
21 May 2021 – Archie, from behind, appears on swings with Prince Harry in The Me You You Can’t See documentary
6 June 2021 – Meghan releases her children’s book the bench, in which both her children are illustrated
7 June 2021 – Meghan and Harry announce their daughter Lilibet has been born, but do not release any photographs
4 August 2021 – Meghan releases video to mark her 40th birthday, in which there appears to be a blurry image of Harry kissing a newborn in the background, thought to be Lilibet. There are also several blurry images of Archie.
18 November 2021 – Meghan shares another picture of Archie from behind as she appears on The Ellen Show
23 December 2021 – The Duke and Duchess share an image of their family, including Archie and Lilibet, in which their faces are all visible to the camera
6 June 2022 – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a new picture of Lilibet on her first birthday at Frogmore Cottage during the Platinum Jubilee. A second image was also shared by photographer Misan Harriman in which his family is pictured alongside Lilibet in Meghan’s arms
Mr Scobie added that Harry and Meghan’s wedding baker Claire Ptak made a special order for the party.
And was told by a spokesperson for the couple that they ‘remain incredibly touched by the countless birthday wishes for their daughter’ and have also been ‘amazed’ to learn that $100K (£79,000) was donated in Lilibet’s honour.
The funds went to World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organisation partnered with the couple’s Archewell foundation, according to a spokesperson for the Sussexes.
The organisation has provided support in Uvalde, Texas and Ukraine, the spokesperson said.
A spokesperson for the couple did not name specific family members who attended the event.
A source spoke to The Sun, about the party, saying: ‘It was a lovely do and had everything you’d expect from a child’s birthday party.
‘The idea was for it to be very relaxed and casual, with people free to pop in and out as they wished.’
They said that it was a ‘nice opportunity’ for some of the royal children to meet little Lilibet, with this trip being her first time in the UK.
They added that ‘lots of discussion’ had been had about the best gifts for the ‘milestone’ birthday, with a ‘£75 pink Volkswagen Beetle ride-on toy’ proving a popular idea.
It’s unclear whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or Prince Charles were able to attend Lilbet’s birthday in Windsor but were reportedly not there.
However Lili’s grandfather and aunt and uncle did share their well-wishes on social media, in a public show of support.
The official Twitter account for the Queen posted: ‘Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!’, the account for Prince Charles shared an almost identical message.
The words posted on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s social media read: ‘Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today’ along with a cake emoji.
It is also very likely that Prince Charles met his grandchildren. It is understood that he and Camilla met Harry and Meghan privately.
It comes after George Northwood, the Duchess’ hairdresser, who recently jetted out to the Netherlands to do Meghan’s beauty while she attended the Invictus Games with husband, shared a post on Instagram with several images of the Duchess.
In a gushing caption, he posted: ‘So nostalgic and wonderful to be reunited Harry, Meghan and their family in the UK. Archie has grown to be the cutest, well mannered little boy and Lilibet is just beautiful.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen landing in California laden with luggage.
The couple appear to have come home with presents from their family.
A member of their team was seen carrying a wooden swing with rope coming out of it and covered by a blue wrapping as Harry and Meghan’s team loaded their luggage from Santa Barbara Airport as their private jet touched down on Sunday evening.
Another assistant was seen reaching for a blue scooter that was sitting on top of a suitcase to put it into an SUV which further indicated that Lilibet and Archie, who were not seen during the Jubilee, accompanied their parents.
During their visit to mark Her Majesty’s 70 year reign, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen rarely – once was at the Trooping of the Colour and another time at St Paul’s Thanksgiving Service – and had no official role during the festivities.
The Duke and Duchess did not attend the Platinum Party and stayed in Windsor alongside the Queen to reportedly watch the concert with Her Majesty.
Prince Harry looking glum as him and Meghan Markle returned to California. Here he can be seen wiping his eye after their private jet trip
Harry and Meghan’s entourage were seen with a blue child-size scooter (pictured) and wooden swing set which looked eerily similar to the one gifted to William and Kate by Prince Charles
Another assistant was seen reaching for a blue scooter that was sitting on top of a suitcase and though Lilibet and Archie were not seen during the Jubilee baby equipment could be seen being offloaded
Harry and Meghan then drove, according to The Sun, to Farnborough Airport at 1.30pm, an hour before the Pageant started at 2.30pm and made their way back to California.
This was hours before the Queen – who sources say was ‘determined’ to bravely overcame her painful mobility issues – returned to Buckingham Palace to personally thank the thousands of well-wishers in the crowd who had turned out to express their own gratitude.
She was flanked by her three heirs – son, Prince Charles, grandson, Prince William, and great-grandson, Prince George – offering a glimpse into the monarchy’s future.
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant was an afternoon of entertainment for members of the royal family, who all sat together alongside their siblings and cousins.
The parade told the story of her life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display.
An insider said: ‘There was no fanfare, they just went. They didn’t stick around for the Platinum Jubilee pageant which is a celebration of Britain and all of its quirks and eccentricities over the Queen’s 70 year reign.’
Before the festivities started an aide told The Telegraph: ‘The media might try to make them prominent, but in reality they are not going to be playing a prominent role. A line has been drawn.’