Buckingham Palace released a touching birthday tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, but two of her youngest descendants weren't included.
To pay homage to the late monarch, the palace released an adorable family portrait of Elizabeth sitting with her great-grandchildren: Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, James, Earl of Wessex, Lena Tindall, Lucas Tindall, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, but Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet were noticeably absent.
The Instagram post honored Her Majesty after her death and the next generation of royals. "Today we remember the incredible life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on what would have been her 97th birthday," the account shared in the caption.
This wouldn't be the first time the toddlers missed out on royal privileges due to their parents' decision to step down from their royal duties and relocate to California. The Royal Observer previously reported, King Charles never formally announced his grandkids would have a change in distinction. "The contrast between the way in which Harry and Meghan released the news of their children's royal titles and the way King Charles announced his brother's ennoblement was stark," Ingrid Seward said.
His Majesty silently updated the line of succession on the official website to include Lilibet and Archie, but Charles released a lengthy statement when his youngest sibling's status changed. The official statement, made by the Palace, both celebrated Prince Edward and honored their father, Prince Philip.
"King Charles issued a formal statement from Buckingham Palace to say he was 'pleased' to confer the Dukedom of Edinburgh upon Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Forfar," the editor-in-chief said. "It was such a grand announcement it felt as if it were in a gilded frame pinned to the Buckingham Palace railings."
The courtesy extended to Philip wasn't given to the youngsters. "Harry and Meghan, on the other hand, asked their spokesperson to announce when their 21-month-old daughter Lilibet was christened in Los Angeles last week she would be baptized using the royal style princess. Archie in turn would use the style, Prince," Seward shared.
"How interesting they waited six months to do this. They were hoping the Palace would jump the gun and announce it before they did. No such luck," the writer added.