Meghan Markle’s First Royal Appearance As The Duchess Of Sussex Was Part Of A Really Lovely Occasion — PHOTOS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are back to work only a couple of days after their fairytale wedding on May 19. As People noted, the couple attended a garden party in honor of Prince Charles' 70th birthday. The affair not only marked Meghan Markle's first official royal event as a member of the family, but it also marked the first outing for the now-married Duke and Duchess.
Markle attended the garden party, alongside her husband, which was held at Buckingham Palace. The new bride looked very chic in a Flavia dress from Goat, which is supposedly a brand favored by her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, as Vogue reported. It was so awesome to see her as an official member of the family and embracing all of the royal duties, especially since the appearance came so soon after her flawless wedding day.
The Duchess appeared with her new in-laws, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, in order to celebrate Charles' birthday (which isn't actually until November) in an event thrown by Queen Elizabeth II herself. The palace welcomed delegates from over 400 patronages, military organizations, and charities that the prince is the patron for, as The Telegraph reported. During the prince's "birthday" party, the family also took a moment to remember the victims of the Manchester Arena attack, which occurred one year ago on May 22, 2017. To honor those victims, Charles' patronages, and the man of honor himself, the Duke of Sussex gave a wonderful speech at the event.
Prince Harry honored his father by highlighting the extensive amount of work he's done in the charity sector and, in particular, his work with his charities, The Prince's Trust and Prince's Foundation. He even pulled a classic Harry move when he urged those in attendance to thank Charles for everything that he's done, even though it went against what his dad said:
"Pa, while I know that you've asked that today not be about you, you must forgive me if I don’t listen to you — much like when I was younger — and instead, I ask everyone here to say a huge thank you to you, for your incredible work over nearly 50 years."
The Duke of Sussex also related that his father has inspired him and Prince William (who was in Manchester attending a memorial service for the victims) to engage with work that they're passionate about. Harry said, as he ended his speech,
"You have inspired William and I, and looking out here today, it is clear to see that we are not alone. You have created an incredible body of work that has, and will continue to make such a huge difference to so many people's lives both here and around the world."
It was previously announced, prior to their wedding day, that Harry and Markle would delay their honeymoon because they had an official event to attend days after May 19. On May 4, People reported that Kensington Palace spokesperson Jason Knauf revealed the news. At the time, he did not reveal what the specific event would be. But, royal watchers now know that it was an incredibly special one for the newlyweds to be a part of, so it makes sense that they delayed their vacation.
It's unclear when the Duke and Duchess will head off on their honeymoon. Similarly, it's still unclear where they will go on their vacation. Although, there are some rumored locales that they might head to. For example, a source at Travel and Leisure reported that the couple would head to Namibia. Regardless of where they really do end up, the location will no doubt be a lovely one.
But, any honeymoon plans are on the back-burner right now, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preoccupied with some important and meaningful royal duties.