When the moment all the royal watchers were waiting for - the birth of the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge’s third child - finally happened, the Queen was not a part of the big celebration.
According to the royal birthing rules, she was the first person to be informed of the new royal baby's arrival to the world, even before the child's father.
At the time of the birth, the Queen was residing in Windsor Castle, and her visit was planned after the little prince’s arrival to Kensington Palace, just as it was with the Queen’s other great-grandchildren, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
This time around, Her Majesty took the 40-minute helicopter trip to London to be introduced to Prince Louis for the first time. She was staying in Windsor Castle to support Prince Philip, who is recovering from his hip operation.
While the main reason for the Queen’s visit was to meet her new great-grandson, it is also likely she came to celebrate Prince William and Kate’s second child Princess Charlotte’s birthday. She turned three on May 2.
Wishing a happy third birthday to Princess Charlotte – thank you all for your lovely messages! pic.twitter.com/IpLwFXveHp— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 2, 2018
Queen Elizabeth was spotted leaving the helicopter and carrying a beautiful bouquet of flowers before getting into a Range Rover.
Two days after the birth of Prince Louis, the Queen delivered a speech, as she presented the Royal Tank Regiment with their new standard. She looked very cheerful at the event, grinning from ear to ear. The longest-reigning monarch presented the first Standards to the Regiment in 1960.