14 of Meghan Markle's First Royal Milestones
Meghan Markle is adjusting quite well to her role as a royal. Since tying the knot with Prince Harry in May, the Duchess of Sussex has marked quite a few milestones. Attending her first Trooping the Colour? Check. Announcing her royal patronages? Check. Making her first solo engagement and looking absolutely stunning while doing it? Double check. See the rest of her big moments ahead, and then look back at her sister-in-law Kate Middleton's biggest milestones.
Meghan's First Official Engagement
Less than a week after announcing their engagement, the pair visited Nottingham, England, on Dec. 1 for their first official appearance together. Aside from greeting the excited crowd, they also attended a charity fair for Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day.
Meghan's First Official Portrait
In December, the couple shared their official engagement photos, which were shot by photographer Alexi Lubomirski.
Meghan's First Christmas at Sandringham
Meghan participated in her first Christmas with the royal family in December. Aside from attending Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, she also joined the rest of the royals for a Christmas service at St. Mary Magdalene. And it seems like she hit it off with her soon-to-be-in-laws. According to Harry, her first royal Christmas was "fantastic" and his "family loved having her there."
Meghan's First Commonwealth Day Service
In March, Meghan joined the rest of the royal family as she attended a service at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Day.
Meghan's First Tiara
For her royal wedding on May 19, Meghan borrowed a tiara from Queen Elizabeth II's jewelry vault. The diamond brooch in the middle was originally gifted to Princess Mary (before she became Queen Mary) in 1893.
Meghan's First Trooping the Colour
On June 9, Meghan attended her first Trooping the Colour alongside the rest of the royal family as they celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's birthday. While Meghan and Harry rode behind the queen for the parade, she stood in the back during her Buckingham Palace balcony debut due to royal protocol.
Meghan's First Appearance With Prince Charles and Camilla
Meghan seemed to hit it off quite nicely as she giggled with her in-laws during Prince Charles's 70th birthday patronage at Buckingham Palace in May.
Meghan's First Appearance With Queen Elizabeth II
Less than a month after tying the knot, Meghan made her first solo outing with the queen as they took the royal train to Cheshire in June.
Meghan's First Solo Project
In September, Kensington Palace revealed that Meghan is supporting a new charity cookbook called Together: Our Community Cookbook, which is "celebrating the power of cooking to strengthen communities." The book contains a foreword by Meghan along with 50 recipes from the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, a group of women in London who come together to cook food for their local community following the Grenfell Tower fire.
Meghan's First Speech
In honor of the release of Together: Our Community Cookbook, Meghan hosted a lunch at Kensington Palace in September. Not only was she joined by Prince Harry and her mother, Doria Ragland, but she also made her first speech as a royal during the event. Let's just say, Harry couldn't have looked more proud.
Meghan's First Solo Engagement
Meghan took part in her first solo engagement as a royal as she attended the opening of "Oceania," a new exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts in September.
First Royal Patronage
On Jan. 10, Kensington Palace announced the four organizations the royal would be a patron for, including the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Smart Works, and Mayhew.