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Royal baby news 2021: When will Queen get to meet her 3 new great-grandchildren?

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2021 has so far been a bumper year for royal baby news and Queen Elizabeth II, 95, has three new great-grandchildren. Princess Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack welcomed their son August to the world on February 9, followed by Zara Tindall, 40, who gave birth to son Lucas on March 21 and last week Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, welcomed their daughter Lilibet.

When will the Queen get to meet the royal babies?

The coronavirus pandemic has kept families apart for months and while lockdown is slowly being eased in England, the Queen is likely to be cautious about socialising again.

The Queen has been based at Windsor Castle since the start of the pandemic and has carefully isolated throughout with a skeleton team of staff, dubbed HMS Bubble.

New mum Eugenie, is currently living a stone’s throw away from the Queen’s residence at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, having moved into Harry and Meghan’s UK home ahead of Christmas.

Eugenie’s proximity to the Queen means she may have already had the chance to introduce to her 9th great-grandchild August Philip Hawke.

They may have been able to meet for a socially distanced stroll in the grounds of Windsor where Eugenie has already shared several snaps of herself taking strolls with little August.

The Queen’s eldest granddaughter Zara Tindall lives in Gloucestershire in a home on her mother Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park Estate.

While Zara and the Queen are extremely fond of one another, it is not known whether Zara has yet had the chance to introduce Lucas to his great-grandmother.

A meeting could take place this summer if the family decides to reunite to celebrate Anne’s 70th birthday after the initial celebrations were postponed last year due to the pandemic.

Now Meghan and Harry are based in the USA, it may be some time until the Queen gets to meet their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor who was born on Friday, June 4.

The Sussexes announced their happy news and explained how their daughter’s name was both a tribute to the Queen and Princess Diana in a statement.

The birth announcement read: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.”

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The statement added: “Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.

“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

“This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”

While the Sussexes have not been back to the UK as a family since their royal stepdown, there are hopes they could return with their two children next June to take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

If they do, it is likely to be the first time the Queen will get to meet little Lili.

Lili is like to have dual British and American citizenship as is the case with her brother Archie.

While Lili isn’t entitled to a royal title from birth, she will become a princess when Prince Charles, 72, is king.

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