Harry arrives at Easter Sunday church service without heavily pregnant Meghan fuelling speculation royal baby is imminent

Harry arrives at Easter Sunday church service without heavily pregnant Meghan fuelling speculation royal baby is imminent

April 21, 2019

PRINCE Harry was today seen arriving at an Easter Sunday church service without his heavily pregnant wife Meghan – fuelling speculation that the royal baby is imminent.

The Duchess, who is due in late April, earlier extended her birthday wishes to her grandmother-in-law The Queen, who turns 93 today.

But as members of the royal family arrived at St George's Chapel for the Sunday service, the expectant mother was nowhere to be seen.

Prince Harry instead joined Kate and Wills and their grandmother The Queen, who today turns 93.

Harry and Meghan earlier wrote on Instagram: "Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma'am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day! Harry & Meghan."

April 21 – the day the Queen was born – is the first of the monarch's two birthdays.

She also has an official one on the second Saturday in June each year, which is commemorated with the Trooping the Colour parade.

Gun salutes are also fired as a mark of respect to the Queen on her special day – but never on a Sunday, so this year they will be delayed by one day.

On Monday, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery will ride their horses and gun carriages past Buckingham Palace en route to Hyde Park to stage a 41 Gun Royal Salute at noon.

A 62-gun salute will also be performed by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London at 1pm the same day.

The Queen traditionally spends a month-long residence at Windsor Castle, known as Easter Court, each year.

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born at 2.40am on April 21 1926, the first child of the then Duke and Duchess of York, at 17 Bruton Street, the Mayfair home of her mother's parents, the Earl and Countess of Strathmore.

She was never expected to be Queen when she was born, but the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII in 1936 put her father George VI on the throne, and changed her destiny.

Elizabeth II, who has been monarch for more than 67 years, is Head of State, the Armed Forces and the Commonwealth, and has been married to the Duke of Edinburgh for more than 71 years.

She became Britain's longest-reigning monarch, passing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria's record, in September 2015.

With the death of 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in 2016, the Queen now holds the record for the world's longest reigning living monarch.

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