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The Duchess of Sussex’s Birthday: 12 months, 12 photos


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The Duchess of Sussex turns 38 today and she’s had quite the year to look back on as she celebrates her special day. Royal patronages, royal tours and a royal baby have all made the past 12 months ones to remember. So as Meghan marks her birthday, Royal Central looks back at her past year, in photos.

August 2018

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On return from honeymoon, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex began a string of engagements including a special production of Hamilton put on in support of the charity, Sentebale.

September 2018

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The Duchess of Sussex revealed that she had been working for several months on a cookbook in support of those affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire in 2017.

October 2018

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Meghan undertook her first major international visit with a tour of Australia and New Zealand and as she touched down, she and Harry confirmed they were expecting their first baby.

November 2018

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As well as joining the Royal Family as they commemorated Remembrance Day and the centenary of the Armistice of World War One, Meghan had another regal rite of passage as she attended the Royal Variety Performance for the first time.

December 2018

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A busy year came to an end with another royal Christmas at Sandringham.

January 2019

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The Duchess of Sussex’s first four royal patronages were announced – Mayhew, Smart Works, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the National Theatre.

February 2019

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Another overseas tour saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex head to Morocco for a three day visit.

March 2019

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Meghan took part in a discussion for International Women’s Day organised by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. She was also named as its Vice President.

April 2019

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Meghan and Harry set up their own Instagram account – Sussex Royal now has 9.2 million followers.

May 2019

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The birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6th 2019 marked a new chapter in Harry and Meghan’s lives.

June 2019

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Meghan’s first official appearance after becoming a mum came at Trooping the Colour.

July 2019

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Meghan and Harry were joined by close family and friends for the christening of Archie at the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle.

August 2019

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Just days ahead of her birthday, Meghan saw the edition of British Vogue she guest edited, titled Forces for Change, hit the stands.



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