Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hosted a “relaxed” first birthday party for their daughter, Lilibet, on Saturday.
“It was a lovely do and had everything you’d expect from a child’s birthday party,” a source told The Sun.
“But there was no formal entertainment. The idea was for it to be very relaxed and casual, with people free to pop in and out as they wished.”
According to the outlet, Harry’s first cousin Zara Tindall’s three children – Mia, 8, Lena, 3, and Lucas, 1 – attended the lowkey bash, along with his other first cousin Peter Phillips’ daughters, Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10 .
Notably not in attendance were Prince George and Princess Charlotte, or their little brother, Prince Louis. Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest children were busy making a surprise appearance on an official visit to Wales.
The informal garden party for Lilibet took place at Frogmore Cottage – the home that Harry and Meghan first shared as everything newlyweds – and featured from a birthday cake and balloons to party games and picnic snacks, according to The Sun.
Lilibet’s birthday on June 4 was also acknowledged by members of the royal family via social media over the weekend.
“🎈Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!” great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II wrote, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeting, “Wishing a very happy birthday to Lilibet, turning one today! 🎈”
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also chimed in, writing, “Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today! 🎂”
This trip to the UK marked Lilibet’s first visit to her father’s homeland since her parents exited the royal family and moved to California in 2020 – and it’s been a quiet one for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
They were absent from the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping of the Color parade, and have only been seen at Friday’s Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral where they were booed by crowds standing outside.