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Queen meets Princess Charlotte for first time

By Tony Jones

Published 06/05/2015

The Queen leaves Kensington Palace after visit yesterday
The Queen leaves Kensington Palace after visit yesterday

The Queen has met her great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte for the first time.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby, who is just three days old, was introduced to her great grandmother at Kensington Palace in London.

The Queen was in north Yorkshire attending a military event when Charlotte was born on Saturday and introduced to the world by William and Kate, who held their daughter on the steps of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

The monarch appeared to acknowledge the newest member of her family by wearing an appropriately coloured pink outfit during the event.

Informally dressed for the occasion, the Queen arrived in a chauffeur-driven car and spent around 30 minutes with her grandson, his wife and her fifth great-grandchild who is fourth in line to the throne.

The princess' name was announced by her parents on Monday and, in tribute to the Queen, one of their daughter's middle names is Elizabeth, while the other is Diana in recognition of William's mother.

It is likely the Queen also had time to catch up with Charlotte's older brother Prince George, now 21 months old.

Her visit to see her great grandchild came soon after William and Kate had formally registered the birth of their daughter.

The meeting was also an historic occasion as it was the first time a serving sovereign had met a great-granddaughter born in direct succession on the male line since Queen Victoria met George VI's sister Princess Mary, who was born 118 years ago in 1897.

A print from September 1898 shows Mary, in a frilly bonnet and smock coat, and her two older brothers pictured with their great-grandmother Victoria.

William and Kate are expected to leave Kensington Palace in the coming days and retreat to their Norfolk home. The Duke is now on two weeks paternity leave from his job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot.

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