Queen Elizabeth II Flies In By Helicopter To Meet Her Grandson Prince Louis For The First Time
The queen, 92, was finally able to meet her new grandson after his birth on April 23.
Her Majesty Flies In To Visit
Reuters reports that Britain's queen flew from Windsor Castle — where Prince Philip is recuperating from a hip operation — to Kensington Palace, where Prince William and Kate Middleton live with their three young children.
According to Vanity Fair, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge originally planned to make the trip to Windsor to visit Prince Louis's great-grandparents, but postponed the journey as Philip is still not ready to receive visitors.
Instead, Queen Elizabeth decided to make the trip herself. Her Majesty didn't show up empty-handed either, bringing a small bouquet of handpicked spring flowers for the new mother-of-three the Duchess of Cambridge who had just given birth over a week ago.
"The idea of toy trains and three children was a bit ambitious. The Queen was very keen to meet her new great grandson and to see George and Charlotte, so when the Cambridges couldn't make it to Windsor, the Queen went to them," a royal source tells Vanity Fair.
Prince Charles Meets Grandson
It's not just the queen who made the trip to see the newest family member, but also Prince Charles.
The prince flew into London to meet the newborn for the first time one day after the queen dropped by, Hello Magazine reports. Charles reportedly chose the date to make sure he will also be with the family for Princess Charlotte's third birthday on May 3.
Charles' wife Camilla visited the baby on Tuesday, May 1, as well.
Prince Philip's Recovery
Meanwhile, the new great grandfather Philip is working hard to recover in time for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. While the queen's husband, 96, is not quite well enough to meet Prince Louis, there's a good chance they will see each other at the highly anticipated royal event.
Prince Philip, sources say, is doing his best to be there.
"Philip is taking his daily hip physio sessions very seriously," an insider adds, saying he's determined to accompany his wife at the wedding. "He wants to be walking with a stick, and says he doesn't want the clattering of crutches on the chapel floor to distract people."
The prince underwent a hip replacement operation in early April.