Queen Elizabeth was so overjoyed by the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge, that she invited staff at three of her royal residences to a champagne toast.
“The Queen is on cloud nine at the moment and wanted to share her happiness with her hard-working staff, so the obvious thing to do was to get out the champers,” a royal source told the Express (via HELLO! Magazine).
“Everyone was in a fantastic mood and we all toasted the baby, the parents and the Queen,” another added. “It was a fabulous gesture of her and everyone appreciated it. Everyone is so happy for the royals and especially the Queen. We have never seen her looking so happy and content.”
Employees at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland all raised a glass to the third-in-line, who is at his maternal grandparents’ home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
Her Majesty extended the invitation to staff at all three locations on Friday to “enjoy a glass of champagne to celebrate the royal birth.”
The Queen is now on holiday at Balmoral, a castle in Scotland that has been in the family since Queen Victoria’s reign. At the moment, Prince Philip is too ill to join Her Majesty on the annual trip after undergoing surgery a few months ago. According to the Mirror, he will spend a bit more time convalescing at Sandringham.
The Duke of Edinburgh has yet to meet his great-grandson, and reports speculate that this may not happen until George’s christening in the fall. The Daily Mail, however, speculates that the meeting could happen as early as next month, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend a weekend at the castle.