Queen Elizabeth’s annual Christmas message aired at 3 pm on Christmas Dya, and she made a comment about her great-granddaughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, daughter to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Lilibet was born in June, 2021 and has not met her grandmother as the Duke, and Duchess of Sussex has not yet returned to the U.K. with her. They currently live in California.
The monarch gave special mentions in her address to new additions to the royal family, beginning, “Adults, when weighed down with worries, sometimes fail to see the joy in simple things, where children do not.”
She then went on to discuss the names of new additions, which included three new great-grandchildren; Princess Eugenie gave birth to her first child in February, and Princess Beatrice had a daughter in September, Zara and Mike Tindall, daughter to Princess Anne, welcomed a third child in March.
The Queen said, “And for my family and me, even with one familiar laugh missing this year, there will be joy in Christmas, as we have the chance to reminisce and see a new wonder of the festive season through the eyes of our young children, of whom we were delighted to welcome four more this year.”
Prince Harry and Markle recently shared their photo of Lilibet, along with her big brother Archie, in a photo for their holiday card.
“Happy Holidays,” they wrote in their message. “This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world. Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa,’ and Lili made us a family.”