With only days passing since May 19's royal wedding, we've barely had time to recover from all the squealing, screaming, and crying over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's fairy tale ceremony—so we can only imagine how the bride and groom must feel! But despite how tired Meghan Markle and Prince Harry must be after their royal wedding and two receptions, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex have royal duties to attend to, the first of which was a family affair, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just made their debut appearance as newlyweds at Prince Charles's 70th birthday party. And no surprise here—they're rocking that newlywed glow like nobody's business.
Six months ahead of Prince Charles's actual 70th birthday in November, the royal family is celebrating the event today with a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Before you ask, yes, some of the royals celebrate their birthdays twice a year. Wouldn't you, if you could? Daily Mail reports that it's believed that the early celebrations are due to the desire for springtime weather for such an occasion, as royal parties often include outdoor events. Reportedly, King George II was the first to celebrate his birthday twice, way back in 1748.
Despite having two opportunities to celebrate, not even post-wedding-fatigue could get in the way of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attending today's festivities. They arrived at Buckingham Palace glowing and looking gorgeous. Fresh from her big day, Meghan was wearing a pale pink silk-crepe dress by Goat with a matching hat by Philip Treacy and the Siren pumps from Tamara Mellon. Her hair was pulled back into a bun (a non-messy one!), while she proudly toted both her engagement ring and new wedding band, and giggled with her new in-laws as her husband (!) took the podium.
"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," Prince Harry said to the crowds, after acknowledging the Manchester tragedy that occurred a year ago, the survivors, and emergency services members. "Work that has given self-confidence and opportunity to thousands of young people who might not have had the best start in life; or to champion causes like climate change long before almost anyone else was talking about it; and above all, for your vision and ability to bring people together to make change happen."
"You have inspired William and I, and looking out here today, it is clear to see that we are not alone," Harry continued. "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. With that, ladies and gentlemen, please can I ask you to join me in wishing the Prince of Wales a very happy birthday—six months ahead of his 70th! How very royal!"
As previously reported, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are putting their honeymoon on hold until they fulfill some royal duties on their docket. No word yet on where the couple will eventually have their newlywed getaway, but destinations such as Namibia, Botswana, and Nevis could potentially make the cut.