The Duchess of Sussex is
celebrating her 41st birthday on Thursday, and it turns out Meghan shares her
special day with another very notable royal – the Queen Mother.
King George VI’s late wife was
born on 4 August 1900 in Hitchin, and 81 years later Prince Harry’s wife
Meghan arrived in the world in Los Angeles.
Born Elizabeth Angela
Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother shared two daughters with King
George: the Queen, known as Princess Elizabeth until she ascended the
British throne when she was 25, and Princess Margaret.
The Queen Mother sadly passed
away aged 101 in March 2002, just seven weeks after Princess Margaret. She
died peacefully in her sleep at home at Royal Lodge in Windsor and was the
first member of the British royal family to reach her 100th birthday in 2000.
Her husband George died in
February 1952, making his daughter Princess Elizabeth the new Queen.
The Queen Mother was also born on 4 August
While the Queen will be
remembering her late mum on Thursday, she also publicly celebrated her
granddaughter-in-law Meghan’s 41st birthday by sharing a photo and sweet
message on her social media accounts.
Meghan is thought to be
celebrating her special day in private where she’ll no doubt be spoilt rotten
by her husband Prince Harry and their two adorable children Archie, three,
and Lilibet, who turned one in June.
The Sussexes reside in
Montecito, Santa Barbara in California and usually mark special occasions like
birthdays out of the public eye.
Although 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, while they were in the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The snap, which was the first official portrait of Lilibet, showed the little
girl sitting on grass and beaming up at the camera.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s
daughter has a particularly special connection to Her Majesty as she is named
after her great-grandmother, whose family nickname is Lilibet.