As the Queen was hosting tea for the US President and First Lady at Windsor Castle over the weekend, eagle-eyed royal watchers noticed a very special nod to the latest member of the monarch’s royal brood.
Queen Elizabeth welcomed President Joe Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden while they were in the UK as part of the G7 Summit, held in Cornwall.
And for the diplomatic tea and cake, the royal looked dazzling in a pink Stewart Parvin dress and Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat, also in pink, plus classic white gloves.
So where in that outfit was the nod to her latest great-grandchild?
The dress featured a pattern of flowers – including lilies. Royal fans were delighted, saying the outfit choice was a clear message of joy at the birth on June 4 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new daughter “Lili”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who moved to California last year as they stepped down from royal life, welcomed their second child just over a week ago, naming the baby girl Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor – a tribute to both the Queen’s family nickname Lilibet and Harry’s late mother Diana.
The Queen, known for sending subtle messages in what she wears, also had on her Jardine star brooch for the visit, which could be a nod to the American Star-Spangled Banner.
After their meeting, Mr Biden told reporters: “I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity.”
And he said she’d asked about Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Mr Biden has a meeting with next week.
“She wanted to know what the two leaders that I – the one I’m about to meet with, Mr Putin, and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping,” the President said.
“I said I wish we could stay longer, maybe we could hold the cars up a minute, and stuff.
“Anyway, she was very gracious.”
He confirmed he’s invited the Queen to the White House.
“She said, ‘What’s it like in the White House?’ I said, ‘Well it’s magnificent but it’s a lot of people,’” he added.
The monarch has now received four presidents at Windsor, with the Bidens following the Trumps in 2018, the Obamas in 2016, President George W. Bush and his wife in 2008 and the Reagans in 1982.
During her 69 years on the throne, there have been 14 US presidents. Queen Elizabeth has met all but Lyndon Johnson.
The Bidens, along with Emmanuel Macron, were left chuckling as the Queen cracked jokes during the G7 Summit, asking them: “Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourself?” while they posed for a photo.
Previously, a palace insider has denied Prince Harry’s friend’s claim that he introduced Queen to Lilibet in video call.
It’s now reported that the Queen won’t stay silent if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle allow “mistruths” about the Royal family to circulate.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.
Originally published as Queen’s touching nod to Lilibet Diana