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Why Meghan Markle’s birthday is so special for the Queen

On Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex will turn 41. It turns out that the Queen Mother and Meghan both have significant birthdays on the royal calendar.

On August 4, 1900, in Hitchin, the late King George VI’s wife was born; 81 years later, in Los Angeles, Prince Harry’s wife Meghan was born.

 

The Queen Mother was also born on 4 August
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The Queen Mother, whose real name was Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, had two daughters with King George: Princess Margaret and the Queen, who was known as Princess Elizabeth until she took the British throne at the age of 25.

Tragically, the Queen Mother passed away in March 2002 at the age of 101, just seven weeks after Princess Margaret. She was the first member of the British royal family to turn 100 in 2000 and passed away peacefully in her sleep at Royal Lodge in Windsor.

In February 1952, after her husband George passed away, Princess Elizabeth became the new monarch.

 

Lilibet is named after the Queen

 

The Queen shared a photo and a heartfelt message on her social media accounts to publicly honor her granddaughter-in-law Meghan on her 41st birthday while also paying tribute to her late mother on Thursday.

Meghan is rumored to be spending her special day in private with her husband Prince Harry and their two adorable children Archie, 3, and Lilibet, who turned one in June. They will no doubt spoil Meghan rotten.

The Sussexes, who reside in Montecito, Santa Barbara, California, typically celebrate significant events like birthdays privately.

 

Meghan Markle turned 41 on Thursday
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While they were in the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this year, Harry and Meghan did share one photo from their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday as they held a low-key backyard party at their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage. The picture, which served as Lilibet’s first official portrait, showed the young child sitting on grass and grinning up at the camera.

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The daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan has a particularly close relationship with Her Majesty because she was given the name Lilibet in honor of her great-grandmother.

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