From Royal Bride to New Mom: Look Back at Meghan Markle's First Year as the Duchess of Sussex!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss as they exit St George's Cha

Just married! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in a fairy tale ceremony in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.

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Their big day including an evening reception, which the newlyweds headed to in style: after an outfit change, they drove off in a blue Jaguar.

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The Prince Of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration
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It wasn't long until fans saw the new royal again. Meghan made her debut as the Duchess of Sussex just three days after her historic wedding to Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace's annual Garden Party, which also served as an early celebration for Prince Charles' 70th birthday.

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Trooping the Colour
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Another Meghan first! The former actress made her debut on the iconic balcony of Buckingham Palace when she joined the rest of the royal family for Trooping the Colour celebrations in June.

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The Duchess Of Sussex Undertakes Her First Official Engagement With Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth in 2018. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Also in June, Meghan made a special trip with the Queen, accompanying the monarch to Cheshire via the royal train. Even without any other royals around, the two seemed to get on wonderfully!

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Royal Ascot - Day 1

Exactly one month after her royal wedding, Meghan looked perfectly polished for her first time attending the Royal Ascot.

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100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, Westminster Abbey, London, UK - 10 Jul 2018
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Meghan returned to the Buckingham Palace balcony in July to watch a flypast celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

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Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Day 12, The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, UK - 14 Jul 2018

Meghan is no stranger to Wimbledon, but she attended for the first time as a royal alongside her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton – marking the first time the duo stepped out without their husbands.

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Meghan shared the love on her first birthday as a member of the royal family. She spent August 4, her 37th birthday, at the wedding of Harry's close pal Charlie van Straubenzee to Daisy Jenks.

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The Duke & Duchess Of Sussex Attend The WellChild Awards
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The Duchess of Sussex joined Prince Harry at one of his most emotional events of the year on Sept. 4: The WellChild Awards, one of the annual highlights of Harry’s public calendar, honors gravely sick children and their caregivers.

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Meghan had her two biggest supporters by her side when she hosted an event celebrating the special cookbook she helped create in September. Harry and her mom, Doria Ragland, smiled as Meghan confidently delivered her first speech as a royal – without notes!

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The Duchess of Sussex Opens 'Oceania' At The Royal Academy Of Arts
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September was a busy month for the Duchess of Sussex! She also made her first-ever solo outing, attending the opening of a Pacific art exhibit at the Royal Academy of Art.

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Meghan and Harry kicked off their royal tour Down Under with a bang: by announcing they were expecting their first child!

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The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 4
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Fans saw Meghan cradle her baby bump for the first time during a stop at Australia's famous Bondi Beach.

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Meghan gave off an island vibe during her visit to Fiji, where she delivered a speech about the importance of education at the University of the South Pacific.

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Meghan and Harry received a lively welcome to Tonga, being given traditional Tonga garlands to wear during their visit to the Fa’onelua Convention Centre.

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Meghan showed off her sporty side while watching sailers compete in the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.

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The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit New Zealand - Day 4
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The couple capped off their visit to New Zealand with a romantic stroll through the Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua.

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The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski - Show
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Meghan made a surprise appearance at the British Fashion Awards in December for a special reason: to present her wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy – with the British Womenswear Designer of the Year award.

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The Royal Family Attend Church On Christmas Day
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For the second time, Meghan took part in a royal tradition: the walk to church services on Christmas morning!

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The Duchess Of Sussex Visits Mayhew
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Meghan Markle kicked off the new year by announcing her four initial patronages and paying visits to them all. During a stop at animal charity Mayhew, a cute little dog named Minnie stol her heart.

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Celebrity Sightings In New York City - February 19, 2019
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The mom-to-be made a special trip to New York City in February, where some of her closest friends – including Serena Williams and Jessica Mulroney – threw her a baby shower.

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The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex Visit Morocco
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Before welcoming their first child, Meghan and Harry went on one last royal tour. In Morocco, she received a traditional Henna tattoo for "good luck."

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To celebrate International Women's Day in March, Meghan participated in a panel to empower young women.

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Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, London, UK - 11 Mar 2019
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In one of her last appearances before taking maternity leave, Meghan and Harry headed to Commonwealth Day services at Westminster Abbey along with other members of the royal family.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son
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Introducing Archie! Meghan gave birth to her son on May 6 and introduced him to the world alongside Prince Harry two days later.

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