Queen Elizabeth II shock: Queen breaks protocol to send Baby Archie sweet public birthday

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Queen Elizabeth II, 94, is extremely fond of her grandson Prince Harry, 35, and was delighted by the arrival of his son Archie Harrison last year. Baby Archie will spend his first birthday far away from his great-grandmother in Los Angeles with his parents Meghan Markle and Harry.

The Queen surprised royal fans by sharing a public birthday message for baby Archie on the Royal Family’s official Twitter account.

This gesture is usually reserved for senior members of the firm and came as a surprise in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s royal step down.

Other less senior royals such as Zara Tindall do not usual receive public birthday messages from the Queen, so following the Sussexes move abroad it was expected this would also be the case for Baby Archie’s big day.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry relinquished their royal roles in the hope of pursuing a more peaceful life outside the royal bubble.


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Following their step down at the end of March it was agreed with the Queen that they would no longer use the word “royal” in association with their work.

This means the Queen seemed unlikely to promote Archie’s birthday via an official royal Twitter account.

Instead, the Royal Family Twitter account posted: “Happy Birthday to Archie Mountbatten-Windsor who is celebrating his 1st birthday today!

“Archie is The Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.”

The public post comes as the Queen misses out on her newest great-grandchild’s first big milestone – his first birthday.

The Queen is spending lockdown at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, 98, and the couple are expected to be based there for the foreseeable future.

While lockdown measures have been keeping Royal Family members apart the Queen has been keeping in touch with her close ones with regular video calls.

The Queen marked her 94th birthday on April 21 and is understood to have received a call from Prince Harry, Meghan and Archie to wish her well on her special day.


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The Queen is likely to return the gesture on Wednesday and make a video call to wish baby Archie a happy birthday in LA.

While Archie is still a treasured family member, neither he nor his parents are official working royals which means his birthday is a private occasion.

Meghan and Harry are expected to mark Archie’s birthday behind doors at their LA home.

However, there is speculation they will mark Archie’s milestone by sharing a new photo of him with the public.

A spokeswoman for the couple told the Sunday Times: “You can expect to see him.”

Where and how they decide to share a new photo has not been confirmed and some believe they could use Archie’s special day as an opportunity to launch a new Instagram account.

The couple bid an emotional farewell to their 11 million Sussex Royal Instagram followers ahead of their royal withdrawal at the end of March.

While Meghan and Harry outlined their wish to be partly based in North America last January, they were expected to return to the UK to visit the Queen this summer.

The Sunday Times reported the couple had accepted an invitation from the Queen to visit her at Balmoral during her summer break.

However, the coronavirus pandemic will have written off the young family’s international travel plans.

The Queen and Prince Philip are particularly vulnerable to the virus because of their age and will have to continue isolating at Windsor Castle until the Government gives elderly people the all-clear.


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