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A new photograph of Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor has been released to mark her first birthday.

Lilibet, daughter of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, turned one during the family’s trip to London at the weekend.

Photographer Misan Harriman tweeted photographs of the little girl on Tuesday morning.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have largely kept their children out of the public eye since their daughter’s birth and royal watchers did not get to see them at celebrations for the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The Sussexes reportedly invited Harry’s brother Prince William and his family to a private party for ‘Lili’ – as she is known – at Frogmore Cottage during their London visit. They did not attend.

Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent much of last Saturday on a royal visit to Wales – accompanied by their two eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who were on their first public engagements.

Other extended family – including Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband and son, and Zara Tindall (another cousin) and her three children – were reportedly at Lili’s birthday party.

Meghan and Harry’s first public photo of baby Lilibet and family portrait was released at Christmas.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes told Page Six the party was a “casual, intimate backyard picnic” for “close friends and family”.

Lilibet and brother Archie, 3, did spend time with their great-grandmother the Queen during the trip. It was the Sussexes’ first visit as a family of four to Britain since Harry and Meghan moved to California and gave up royal duties.

The duke and duchess attended a public service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen on Saturday, but otherwise largely stayed out of the limelight during their short return to Britain.

They did not appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Prince William and Kate Middleton and other senior royals  – including the Queen – at the Trooping the Colour last Thursday. Instead they were snapped with other members of the extended royal family watching from a military office – it was the only other time were even glimpsed publicly on their visit.

The couple returned to California on Sunday afternoon (British time), skipping the grand pageant that drew 120,000 people to the surrounds of Buckingham Palace for the jubilee finale.

They were reportedly mid-Atlantic when the Queen made her surprise second appearance on the palace balcony to end the four-day celebrations. The monarch was accompanied by Prince Charles and wife Camilla, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children.