Proud great-gran The Queen beams with happiness at Windsor horse show 24 hours after meeting baby Archie

Proud great-gran The Queen beams with happiness at Windsor horse show 24 hours after meeting baby Archie

May 9, 2019

THE Queen today beamed with happiness at the Windsor horse show – just a day after the proud great-granny met baby Archie.

The 93-year-old monarch was one of the first people to meet Archie Harrison after proud parents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle showed off their son tot he world.

Her Majesty today headed to the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, Berkshire – indulging her love in horses.

While the Queen doesn't gamble on the races, she is said to read the Racing Post over breakfast every morning.

The visit comes after the doting great-gran got to meet the newest addition to the Royal Family – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The infant’s grandmother — Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland, 62 — was also at the ­historic meeting.

A royal source said: “It’s an incredible moment.

“With Doria also there it marks a historic new chapter for the Royal Family.”

And the Queen was clearly excited about the new arrival, having exclaimed "eight" when asked how many great-grandchildren she now has.

NEWEST ADDITION

The meeting came after Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, announced the name of their first child as simply Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Prince Harry – who today headed to the Hague today just three days after his son was born – and Meghan had seemed delighted as they introduced their son to the world yesterday.

The father gushed: "Parenting is amazing. "It's only been two and a half days, three days, but we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy and be able to spend some precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up."

And the bearded royal even joked his son already had a "little bit of facial hair" as he showed him off to the cameras.

Meghan, who stunned in a white trench coat dress for yesterday's announcement, added: "It's magic. It's pretty amazing.

"I have the best two guys in the world so I'm really happy. He has the sweetest temperament. He's really calm."

NAME FIT FOR A ROYAL

The parents later announced Archie's name – a surprise for some who had hoped Harry would include Spencer as a nod to mum Princess Diana’s maiden name.

Their choice means the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have formally chosen not to use a title for their newborn.

As the first-born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton — one of Harry’s subsidiary titles. But instead he will simply be Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Archie, short for Archibald, is a name of German origin and means “bold or brave”. Harrison is of English origin — and means “son of Harry”.

The hyphenated surname Mountbatten-Windsor is in keeping with a royal tradition established by the Queen to differentiate her direct descendants from the rest of the House of Windsor.

The Queen has been around horses from her early childhood, with her first riding lesson taking place when she was just four at the Buckingham Palace Mews.

She was given a Shetland pony named Peggy as a child, going on to follow the sport throughout her life.

Her passion has also been passed down to the rest of the royal family, with Princess Anne and Zara Tindall both known for their equestrian talents.

 

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