Just three days after they became husband and wife, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were clearly smitten as they carried out their first official engagement as a married couple on Tuesday (May 22). And what better way to kick off your new life together than at a garden party at Buckingham Palace? The newlyweds arrived in style to the fete, held to commemorate Prince Charles’s upcoming 70th birthday. The couple was joined by 6000 guests, all of whom are associated with the future king’s charities, patronages and military affiliations.
Still basking in the joy of their wedding day, Prince Harry and Meghan couldn’t keep their eyes off each other as they mixed and mingled with guests. The newly minted Duke escorted his wife around the gardens, happily accepting congratulations from well-wishers and enjoying boisterous conversations with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. At one point, Duchess Meghan burst into a fit of giggles when a bumble bee flew into her husband’s ear while he was delivering some heartfelt words to his father. Midway through his speech, Harry dodged the insect, saying, “That bee really got me!”
In his address to his father, who gallantly stepped in at the last minute to escort Meghan down the aisle after her father Thomas Markle was unable to make the trip to Windsor, Prince Harry highlighted the Duke of Cornwall’s dedication to making positive change in the world. “It is your selfless drive to affect change – whether that is to improve the lives of those who are on the wrong path, to save an important piece of our natural heritage, or to protect a particular species under threat – with which William and I draw inspiration from every day."
For her inaugural outing as a duchess, Meghan turned to one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite designers GOAT to help her make a fashionable first impression. The 36-year-old paired the pink-hued wool dress with an elegant hat by master milliner Philip Treacy. Her husband looked equally dapper in tails and a top hat.