For two years, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been one of the world’s favorite power couples. From Harry’s commitment to raising awareness about mental health, to Meghan’s advocacy for women’s rights, this royal pair has educated the public about the issues closest to their hearts, all while building their own unique love story across the Atlantic.
“They’re very touchy feely, they hold hands all the time, so they’re very affectionate. They’re very relaxed with each other,” said Shutterstock Staff Photographer, Tim Rooke, who photographed the couple during the year.
In May, 29 million people watched on television as the Prince of Wales and the American actress married, stepping into the roles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They’ve just recently returned home from their first major royal tour, and they are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019. Let’s take a look back at the public events they’ve attended so far this year. For even more of the Royal Family, take a look at our best photos from 2018.
Meghan and Harry head to Reprezent Radio, an underground music station in Brixton presented by young people and devoted to social causes like mental health, employment, and more.
The royal couple travels to Cardiff, Wales.
Harry and Meghan present at the Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmith’s Hall, honoring wounded or ill servicemen and women who have participated in extraordinary sports and adventure challenges as part of their rehabilitation.
For the royal couple, it’s a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland.
“I know she has experience with fame, but I imagine it must be strange to constantly be surrounded by security,” Rooke said. “I think Meghan is doing well with adapting to the Royal family traditions,” Rooke told news.com.au.
Meghan and Harry join Kate and William at the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum, where they discuss their philanthropic goals and interests.
Meghan and Harry come out for International Women’s Day in Birmingham. There, Meghan encourages one young woman to follow her dreams of becoming an actress.
On the second Monday of March, the royal couple attends the multi-faith Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.
Meghan and Harry arrive in Belfast in Northern Ireland for a surprise visit in honor of Amazing the Space, an initiative that empowers young people to promote peace in their own communities.
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Meghan and Harry make their way to the University of Bath Sports Training Village for the UK team tryouts for the fourth annual Invictus Games, a sporting tournament created by Harry for wounded or sick servicemen and women.
The royal couple attends the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings in London.
As part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings, Meghan and Harry also join host Boris Johnson at the Women’s Empowerment Reception at the Royal Aeronautical Society, where they meet with members of organizations supporting equality and educational opportunities for girls and women.
The royal couple meets with servicemen and women from both the UK and Australia during an Invictus Games reception at Australia House before heading to a concert to honor the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Albert Hall later in the evening.
Meghan and Harry honor the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, who was brutally murdered at the age of 18 in a racially-motivated attack, as part of a 25th-anniversary memorial service at London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields church.
The royal couple observes Anzac Day at Westminster Abbey in remembrance of fallen servicemen and women from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales weds American actress and philanthropist Meghan Markle inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex come out for a garden party at Buckingham Palace in honor of Prince Charles’s charitable works in anticipation of his 70th birthday.
The Duke and Duchess join the parade at Trooping the Colour before heading to the balcony at Buckingham Palace in celebration of the Queen’s 92nd birthday.
The royal couple attends the wedding of Harry’s cousin, Lady Celia McCorquodale, and her groom George Woodhouse in Stoke Rockford, Lincolnshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with the Queen, head to the races for the first day of the Royal Ascot in Berkshire.
At Buckingham Palace, the royal couple makes an appearance at the Queen’s Young Leaders award ceremony, with honors given to 61 members of the commonwealth.
Harry plays alongside his brother Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in the Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot, with Meghan and friend Serena Williams there to watch and cheer.
The royal couple head to Marlborough House for the “Your Commonwealth” Youth Challenge Reception. There they connect with young movers and shakers and hear about their initiatives within their communities.
In London, Meghan and Harry celebrate the christening of Prince Louis as aunt and uncle.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Queen, and Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, head to Westminster Abbey for a service, followed by a flypast at Buckingham Palace.
After arriving in Dublin on the 10th, the couple continues their royal visit to Ireland. Their visit includes a meeting with the Irish President and Taoiseach, a sports festival, and trips to important cultural sites.
At Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, Meghan and Harry attend the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition and remember the life and work of the South African revolutionary and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. While there, they meet Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela and others close to him.
At the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, Harry plays in the 2018 Sentebale Polo Cup to benefit the organization he co-founded. Sentebale promotes the mental and physical wellbeing of children in Botswana and Lesotho whose lives have been affected by HIV. Meghan was there to support the cause.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the wedding of Harry’s childhood friend Charlie van Straubenzee, and Daisy Jenks, taking place at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Surrey.
Harry and Meghan spend the evening at a gala performance of Hamilton to raise funds for Sentebale and their life-changing work.
“We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship,” Meghan told Vanity Fair.
The royal couple heads to London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel for the WellChild Awards. These awards are given to courageous young people across the UK dealing with illnesses.
To mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex make an appearance at Westminster Central Hall in London for the 100 Days to Peace concert, a gala fundraiser for three organizations supporting the mental and physical health of veterans: Help for Heroes, Heads Together, and Combat Stress.
Meghan hosts a party at Kensington Palace for the launch of her charity cookbook Together: Our Community Cookbook. The book highlights recipes from the Hubb Community Kitchen, cooked up by a group of local women to feed families in the wake of 2017’s Grenfell Tower fire.
At Loughborough University, the royal couple joins the honorees of Coach Core—a program that trains, empowers, and provides opportunities for young people to create positive change within their communities—for some athletic drills.
The Duke and Duchess take their first trip to Sussex, their namesake county.
Meghan and Harry return to St. George’s Chapel for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and her groom Jack Brooksbank.
With the Invictus Games coming up in Sydney, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex embark on a 16-day tour through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga. The same day, Kensington Palace makes a big announcement: the royal couple is expecting their first child. In Australia, they receive their first gift for the baby: a stuffed toy kangaroo and a pair of Uggs.
Harry and Meghan continue their royal tour through the end of October, with stops in Dubbo, Melbourne, Fraser Island, Suva and Nadi, Nuku’alofa, Wellington, Abel Tasman National Park, Auckland, and Rotorua.
Harry and Meghan looking classy as they pay their respects during the WWI Centennial in London.
The Royal Variety Performance was a black tie event for Harry and Meghan as the holidays roll around.
Meghan makes a visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen to volunteer serving food to the needy.
Meghan shows off her baby bump during a visit to Brinsworth House, Twickenham, London.
Harry and Meghan are spotted on their way to the Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.
Meghan and Harry joined Prince Charles, Prince William and Duchess Kate for Christmas services in London.