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Prince Philip’s emotional reference to ‘Lilibet’ in letter to Queen Mother

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have just welcomed their second child, a girl named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. She is named after Queen Elizabeth II, whose nickname within the family is Lilibet, and after her late grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales. Her proud parents announced yesterday that she was born in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday and weighed 7lbs 11oz.

She is the first of the Queen’s 11 great-grandchildren to be born overseas.

Naming their daughter after the Queen suggests the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to demonstrate their love and respect for the 95-year-old monarch, while adding a new twist to a traditional name.

The nickname was started by King George VI, who would affectionately call his daughter Lilibet, imitating her own attempts to say Elizabeth.

However, it caught on and all her close family members started to use it, including her husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke even made a very emotional reference to the name in a letter he wrote to the Queen Mother about his relationship with her daughter.

He wrote: “Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world which is absolutely real to me and my ambition is to wield the two of us into a new combined existence that will not only be able to withstand the shocks directed at us but will also have a positive existence for the good… Cherish Lilibet?

“I wonder if that word is enough to express what is in me.

“Does one cherish one’s sense of humour or one’s musical ear or one’s eyes?

“I am not sure, but I know that I thank God for them so, very humbly, I thank God for Lilibet and us.”

The Queen and Prince Philip first met when they were teenagers, wed in their twenties, and were married for 73 years.

He sadly died at Windsor Castle earlier this year at the age of 99 after suffering an infection and open heart surgery.

The Duke would have turned 100 this week.

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The Queen and 29 other members of the Royal Family mourned his loss at a scaled-down ceremony at Windsor Castle in keeping with coronavirus restrictions.

The Queen pulled on the country’s heartstrings when she had to sit alone in St George’s Chapel due to these Covid rules.

Meghan and Harry’s daughter will be known as Lili for short, a spelling variation on the flower by the same name, Lily.

The flower is often seen to symbolise purity, commitment, rebirth and fertility.

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Lili shares her middle name with her cousin Princess Charlotte, whose full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

After Meghan and Harry made their announcement yesterday, they were quickly followed up with congratulations from Buckingham Palace.

A Palace spokesman said: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s official Twitter account posted: “We are delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.

“Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”

Lili has a big brother, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who is two years old.

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