The Queen Is Reportedly Planning a Birthday Tea for Meghan Markle

Queen Elizabeth is reportedly planning a birthday tea at Balmoral Castle in Scotland for Meghan Markle's 38th birthday.

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Just when you thought Meghan Markle's life (opens in new tab) couldn't be more like a Disney movie, the universe says, "hold my dainty, floral teacup."

The Queen (opens in new tab) has reportedly invited Meghan (as well as Prince Harry and their newborn son, Archie Harrison) to spend her birthday at the royal estate in Balmoral, where Her Majesty will apparently be hosting a birthday tea for Meghan.

So, just to recap, Meghan is an American girl (opens in new tab) who grew up to be an actress and then an actual, tiara-wearing duchess (opens in new tab) and now she's set to have a birthday tea party with the Queen of England. It's like a wizard found a six-year-old's diary and made it all come true.

According to Vanity Fair (opens in new tab)'s royal correspondent (and all-around royal expert) Katie Nicholl, the Queen will head to Scotland for the latter part of July, August, and September, as she does every year. Balmoral is famously one of the Queen's favorite (opens in new tab) places and she looks forward to her time there, where she can walk the castle grounds, ride horses, and entertain friends and family.

This year, Harry and Meghan will be among the esteemed guests at Balmoral, and their trip will coincide with Meghan's 38th birthday, on August 4. The Sun (opens in new tab) reports that the Queen is personally planning a special birthday tea for the occasion—and that the gesture speaks volumes about her relationship with Meghan.

"It is testament to Meghan that she has been given this invite," a source told the outlet. "It's a huge honor."

The trip will mark the Sussexes first family holiday in the Scottish Highlands, which is something that's really important to Harry.

"Harry wants Archie to grow up loving the Scottish countryside and learning to fish and hunt there just like he did growing up. He’s a traditionalist in that way," a friend of the royals said, according to Vanity Fair (opens in new tab)

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