Even though Queen Elizabeth and her grandson Archie are miles apart, the 95-year-old matriarch is taking time out of her busy schedule to chat with the tot — who currently resides in California with his mom, Meghan Markle, and dad, Prince Harry — on his birthday.
The Queen sent Archie a sweet birthday message via Instagram on Thursday, May 6. “Wishing Archie Mountbatten-Windsor a very happy 2nd birthday today,” she captioned a throwback photo of the pair holding their newborn.
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall also shared snapshots in honor of the child's second birthday.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan are "staying local in Montecito and are having a pool day and BBQ in their luscious garden," a source spilled to Closer. "They’re spoiling him with gifts, books, a toy car, jigsaw puzzles [and] a children’s cooking kit."
In honor of Archie's big day, the pair asked for donations for COVID-19 vaccines.
"We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honor of Archie’s birthday. Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service — all through the goodness of your hearts. You raise funds for those who need it most, and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful," their message began on their website.
The note continued, "This year, our world continues to be on the path to recovery from COVID-19. Yet too many families are still struggling with the impact of this pandemic. While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer. As of today, around 80 percent of the nearly one billion COVID-19 vaccine shots that have been given were administered in wealthier countries. While we may feel that normalcy is around the corner, we remind ourselves that in much of the world, and especially in developing countries, vaccine distribution has effectively yet to start."
The former actress, 39, and Harry, 36, also shared a new photo of Archie holding a large bouquet of balloons on their Archewell website.