Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hold Hands at Romantic Wedding on Her 37th Birthday

Meghan Markle is surrounded by lots of love on her birthday!

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Meghan Markle is surrounded by lots of love on her birthday!

She and Prince Harry found themselves in a familiar place on Saturday — in church — as they celebrated another special wedding. The newlyweds attended the ceremony for one of Harry’s oldest family friends, Charlie van Straubenzee, 30, who married his 27-year-old girlfriend, Daisy Jenks, in Surrey on Saturday afternoon.

And it was a double celebration as Saturday marks Meghan’s 37th birthday — her first as an official royal after her own wedding in May.

Although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at the church separately, as Harry was with other close pals of the groom helping with arrangements and ushering duties, the pair were seen holding hands together at the ceremony, as Harry gazed approvingly at his wife.

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For the occasion, Meghan opted for a color-block, pleated shirtdress from Club Monaco (now sold out; this one is similar) that featured an olive, pink and white skirt and retails for $328. She accessorized with a hat by her go-to milliner, Philip Treacy, her trusty Aquazzura pumps with bows on the strap, a knotted belt and a clutch by Kayu (sold out in black, but still available in white). And though her $328 shirtdress was budget-friendly, her Linda Farrow sunglasses – made with real gold and clocking in at $1,105 – were fit for a royal.

While Harry tended to his usher duties, the birthday girl was all smiles as she chatted with several women in attendance, including Celia McCorquodale, whose June wedding she previously attended with Harry.

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Also at the nuptials in the English countryside (about 50 miles south of London) were another couple preparing for the second royal wedding of the year: Princess Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank.

The pair were all smiles as they walked up to the pretty countryside church together, and when asked about their own wedding plans in October, said they told PEOPLE they were “looking forward to it.”

They are set to walk down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel (Meghan and Harry’s wedding site) at Windsor Castle on Oct. 12.

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Van Straubenzee and Jenks shared a sweet kiss outside following the ceremony, as the happy couple celebrated being husband and wife.

Jenks wore a flower-covered veil with a matching form-fitting gown, while the groom wore a black tuxedo jacket with tails, which he paired with a pastel-colored vest and a red tie.

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Charlie Van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks. Yui Mok/PA Images/Getty Images

Contrary to reports, Harry, 33, did not serve as best man at his good friend’s ceremony. But he was involved in the proceedings, including usher duties. He’ll also likely have a hand in some of the fun shenanigans planned for the reception.

Not in attendance were Prince William and wife Kate Middleton, who have been on summer vacation with their children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 3 months, in Mustique.

The wedding comes nearly three months since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s own fabulous day on May 19. A month later, they were at the nuptials of Princess Diana’s niece, Celia McCorquodale.

The friendship of Harry and van Straubenzee goes back to their prep school, Ludgrove. Harry was a classmate of Charlie’s late brother, Henry (who tragically died in a car crash in 2002). William is a close friend of the groom’s brother, Thomas (who is a godfather to Princess Charlotte), and both princes are joint patrons of a memorial fund to help schools in Uganda set up in Henry’s name.

August marks the summer break for the royals — most of whom will visit the Queen at Balmoral, Scotland, for at least part of their vacation. But William will be seen again in public on Aug. 8, when he travels to France to attend a ceremony marking the centenary commemoration of the Battle of Amiens, which played a significant role in the ending of WWI.




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