It was a special occasion in more ways than one…

Meghan saw in her first birthday as a royal this weekend by celebrating another joyous occasion.

The former Suits actress marked her 37th birthday by attending the nuptials of Prince Harry’s childhood friend, Charlie van Straubenzee, who tied the knot with filmmaker Daisy Jenk in Frensham, Surrey.

Meghan sported Canadian label Club Monaco’s colour-block pastel midi dress, a Philip Treacy hat and Aquazzura heels, chatting happily to guests while her husband fulfilled his best man duties.


Meghan Markle is taking style cues from Amal Clooney in this yellow dress
Meghan Markle has made her first appearance as the Duchess of Sussex

Prince Harry and van Straubenzee have been pals since their school days, with Charlie reportedly even giving a speech at Harry’s wedding. His older brother, Thomas van Straubenzee, is Princess Charlotte’s godfather.

The Duchess of Sussex has been vocal about the significance of birthdays. She wrote in her now defunct lifestyle blog The Tig that her mother, Doria Ragland, told her to treat every birthday similar to “your own personal New Year”.

“My mum has always said that birthdays are your own personal New Year. Your own chance to make resolutions just for yourself and what you prognosticate for your year ahead,” she said.

Meghan’s in-laws pulled out all the stops to wish her a great day, with Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles all taking to social media.

“Happy birthday to HRH The Duchess of Sussex,” the royal family posted on their official Twitter account, accompanied with an image of Meghan and the Queen looking like BFFs.

Clarence House, Prince Charles and Camilla’s London residence, also shared a tribute, featuring an image of the trio grinning at a garden party at Buckingham Palace earlier this year.

While it’s royal protocol to have a low-key birthday bash, here’s hoping Meghan at least had some time to blow out candles…

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