Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make first public appearance since royal wedding

The newlyweds chose to postpone their honeymoon so they could attend royal events

Chelsea Ritschel
Thursday 24 May 2018 12:33 BST
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their first public appearance as a married couple since the royal wedding.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who chose to delay their honeymoon to attend to royal duties, arrived at a garden party in honour of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday.

Held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, the party will be hosting more than 6,000 guests from various charities and military associations linked to the Prince.

Although the Prince’s real birthday is on November 14, celebrations are held in May as it is more fitting for a garden party.

During her first public appearance as a member of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex appeared right at home in her new role.

She arrived wearing a light cream colour £590 ‘Flavia’ dress by designer Goat, and a matching hat.

While at the party, the 36-year-old bonded with her in-laws the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, and Prince Charles, laughing together over a shared joke.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended Prince Charles' 70th birthday (Getty)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended Prince Charles' 70th birthday (Getty)
This is the first public outing for the couple since the royal wedding (Getty)
This is the first public outing for the couple since the royal wedding (Getty)

The Duke of Sussex also had an important role at the party, where he gave a speech honouring his father’s charity work, as well as the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing and the work of the emergency crews.

Meghan Markle wore a dress by Goat in pale beige (Getty)
Meghan Markle wore a dress by Goat in pale beige (Getty)
The couple appeared in love as they arrived for Prince Charles' birthday party (Getty)
The couple appeared in love as they arrived for Prince Charles' birthday party (Getty)

Prince Harry said: “We’re here today to reflect on and to celebrate my father’s dedicated support to all of you and the work that you do.

“But first I would like us to take a moment to reflect on the tragic events at the Manchester Arena a year ago.

The Duchess of Sussex bonded with her in-laws (Getty)
The Duchess of Sussex bonded with her in-laws (Getty)
Meghan Markle laughed with Camilla and Prince Charles (Getty)
Meghan Markle laughed with Camilla and Prince Charles (Getty)

“We are fortunate to have over 250 representatives from the emergency services here today. It is right that we take a moment to recognise the amazing work they do every day.”

Prince Harry gave a speech honouring his father's charity work (Getty)
Prince Harry gave a speech honouring his father's charity work (Getty)

The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration is a way for Prince Charles to recognise and celebrate public service.

The 70-year-old supports over 420 charities, which raise more than £120m annually.

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