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Any grandmother, parent, or adult figure knows what I'm talking about: Nothing's better than a call from a loved one on your birthday (except for maybe, possibly, one of these gifts, (opens in new tab) but I digress). And when it's your grandchild, a video call is the cherry on top of your already-filled sundae.
So while I can't see her Royal Majesty's reaction, I know she has a massive smile on her face right now. Not only did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle call the Queen to wish her a happy 94th birthday, but so did Archie! The family has been living in Los Angeles (opens in new tab) since stepping down from all senior royal duties over a month ago. Royal correspondent Victoria Murphy shared the news about the digital birthday moment on Twitter. (opens in new tab)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with Archie, have just held a video call with Her Majesty The Queen to wish her a happy birthday.April 21, 2020
Today, for the first time in Queen Elizabeth's 68-year reign, there will be no gun salutes fired. Government buildings will not be required to fly the Union Jack, and she'll be spending her special day privately at Windsor Castle. Maybe she'll be eating one of the cupcakes the Royal Pastry chefs just dropped the recipe (opens in new tab) for, or perhaps that's just something I'm doing to celebrate? (The sweet treats can be decorated with hats she would wear. Cute!)
While her festivities might be looking a little different than usual, we should note here that the Queen does celebrate her birthday two times a year. (opens in new tab) She has her real birthday and an official birthday. The Queen was born on April 21, 1926, but her official birthday is in June, recognized with a celebration known as the Trooping the Colour.
The Best Outfits Meghan Markle Wore in 2019
October 25, 2019
Meghan paired a <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a29601998/meghan-markle-joseph-sweater-replica/" target="_blank">red V-neck sweater</a> with a <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a29587131/meghan-markle-one-young-world-red-leather-skirt/" target="_blank">Hugo Boss skirt</a> in a similar hue when she hosted a roundtable discussion on gender equality with The Queens Commonwealth Trust and One Young World at Windsor Castle. This outfit showed off the royal's cleverness for selecting the perfect monochrome ensemble.
October 22, 2019
If you want to get Meghan's style, start with shopping at Aritzia. The Duchess of Sussex selected a long-sleeve purple dress from the retailer for the One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in London. She's worn the brand on multiple occasions, though this is one of our favorite dresses for its effortless silhouette.
October 15, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the WellChild awards in London where Meghan wore a green shift dress by Parosh with a wool beige coat draped over her shoulders. The Parosh design was the same one she wore in a <a href="https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a29472466/meghan-markle-green-dress-coat-wellchild-awards-2019/" target="_blank">BBC interview</a> where she announced her engagement to Prince Harry in 2017. Cue the awws.
October 02, 2019
For moms on the go like Meghan, shirt dresses are the easiest things to throw on and look chic while you run around town. The Duchess of Sussex packed a white option to pair with her go-to neutral pumps in South Africa.
October 01, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex loves a good trench dress and she added another one to her growing collection with this option from Banana Republic. The versatile khaki shade means she can wear it for seasons to come, and it makes her look instantly put together.
September 25, 2019
Meghan wore a black Everlane jumpsuit with Manolo Blahnik pumps for her visit to Mothers2Mothers in South Africa. She always nails it with the simple and clean silhouettes.
September 23, 2019
An oldie but a goodie, this Veronica Beard dress was spotted on Meghan when she visited the District 6 Museum and Homecoming Centre in South Africa. It looked just as good the second time around, which she paired with espadrilles. We're also feeling Prince Harry's pastel green suit. Looking good, guys.
September 23, 2019
Meghan packed her trusty Castañer espadrilles for the royal tour of Africa along with a sustainable dress from Mayamiko, whose designs are ethically sourced and created in Malawi. The ensemble was a nod to the continent she was visiting and she looked perfectly dressy yet casual for this laid back public outing.
September 12, 2019
This was a big day for Meghan as she officially launched her <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a29016706/meghan-markle-smartworks-collection-shoppable/" target="_blank">Smart Works capsule collection</a>, which featured her iconic styles like tailored trousers and a white button-down. For every item sold, one was donated to Smart Works, a charity which equips unemployed women from disadvantaged backgrounds with the tools, clothes and conviction to get back into the work place. Is this Meghan's power outfit? We say yes.
July 14, 2019
Meghan attended the premiere of <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a28389270/meghan-markle-meets-beyonce-lion-king-premiere/" target="_blank"><em>The Lion King</em></a> in London while wearing a Jason Wu dress. The sheer sleeves were a nice touch to the LBD and kept it from looking too matronly. The Duchess, of course, had to look her best as she met Beyoncé that same night.
May 08, 2019
For their first official debut as a family of three, Prince Harry wore a gray suit while Meghan wore a white trench-style belted dress by Grace Wales Bonner and Manolo Blahnik pumps. Though this outfit choice wasn't too exciting (the focus should be on the baby anyways) it's definitely memorable given that this was the first time we saw Archie!
March 11, 2019
Is there any color Meghan doesn't look good in? She was basically glowing in this Christmas-green outfit from Erdem and despite it not being the holidays anymore, looked festive and cheerful. She carried a Givenchy satin clutch and wore her beloved Aquazzura pumps.
March 08, 2019
We commend Meghan for rocking heels all through out her pregnancy (give us flats, we'd say!) and these black Manolo Blahnik pumps worked well with her black-and-white printed Reiss dress. She finished the ensemble with a blazer, per usual, from Alexander McQueen.
February 25, 2019
The couple visited Andalusian Gardens in Morocco, where Meghan kept her Loyd/Ford pleated dress from being too revealing with a white blazer from Aritzia. A pair of Manolo Blahnik sling backs and earrings brought a dressier vibe to the outfit for the royal outing.
February 25, 2019
Though the Duchess of Sussex has never been afraid to show her baby bump, she kept it under the radar with flowing clothes for her tour of Morocco. Meghan wore this billowy Carolina Herrera dress with fluttery sleeves for a formal but comfortable look.
February 24, 2019
If Dior dresses you, you'll bound to look gorgeous, such was the case with Meghan who rocked the fashion house from head to toe when she attended a reception in Morocco. The draping details are perfection.
February 23, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex arrived to Casablanca airport in a bespoke red Valentino dress that featured a caplet across her shoulders and nude pumps. This outfit shielded her baby bump so it wasn't the center of attention and considering she just got off a flight, this ensemble gets a ten out of ten for effort and style.
February 12, 2019
Meghan braved the white-on-white combo (stains!) when she attended a gala performance of "The Wider Earth" at the Natural History Museum in London. She paired her Amanda Wakeley coat with a Calvin Klein turtleneck dress and donned Ralph Lauren accessories. She looked angelic.
February 7, 2019
The couple attended the Endeavour Fund Awards in London where Meghan wore a Givenchy blouse with a long black pencil skirt from the fashion house. Though a dress would have easily been appropriate too for this night, Meghan's more understated choice proves she's not afraid to experiment with looks.
January 30, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex took a break from her usual cream and black tones for this blush-colored dress and matching jacket set by Brandon Maxwell. The outfit is a custom version of one of the designer's spring/summer 2019 looks, which isn't surprising since Meghan has <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/a24257321/meghan-markle-altered-veronica-beard-shirt-dress/" target="_blank">altered her clothes</a> in the past to fit with royal life.
January 16, 2019
For the <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a25922163/meghan-markle-princess-diana-sequin-dress/" target="_blank">Cirque du Soleil premiere of Totem</a> in London, Meghan stepped out in a navy blue Roland Mouret sequined gown. The color was appropriate for the evening occasion with just the right amount of sparkle in a royal's dress etiquette handbook. We loved how she swept her hair up to reveal the neckline of the dress as well.
January 16, 2019
This $35 <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/a25916644/megan-markle-hm-maternity-dress/" target="_blank">H&M minidress</a> highlighted her baby bump and served as a cozy must-have staple in her maternity wardrobe. The stretchy dress was the next best thing to sweatpants, which a royal would never wear out in public. A tailored coat from Armani elevated the look.
January 14, 2019
The Duchess of Sussex <a href="https://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/a25880673/meghan-markle-outfit-birkenhead-visit/" target="_blank">kicked off her royal duties</a> in the new year with a bold color on bold color outfit. She wore a Babaton purple dress from one of her favorite brands, Aritizia, and a red coat by Sentaler. A bowling bag from Gabriela Hearst and Stuart Weitzman heels completed the look. Not many people can pull off the purple and red combo, but for Meg it worked. She looked fantastic.
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Bianca Rodriguez is the Fashion & Luxury Commerce Manager at Hearst Magazines, covering fashion, beauty, and more for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Town & Country. She likes lounging about with a good book and thinks a closet without platform sneakers is a travesty.
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