We're obsessed with royal weddings of all shapes and sizes–but there's so much more to the royals than that! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's early appearances as newlyweds, anything involving the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Queen's fluorescent lewks, all of those things have us celebrating everything royal. But those aren't the only relationships developing in Buckingham Palace. Here are 20 photos showing our new favorite friendships in the royal household: Kate Middelton, Meghan Markle, and Queen Elizabeth herself.
This was Kate and Meghan's first appearance after Meghan got engaged to Harry, and they look like they're having the most marvelous time. I'm almost too jealous. Kate looks so Christmasy in her plaid.
In an appearance just two months after the royal wedding (that would be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's this time), Kate and Her Majesty take a tour of Buckingham Palace before its summer opening, and my god, if there's anyone who I'd want to take me around Buckingham Palace on a private tour, I'd want it to be the Queen. Kate is so lucky.
Her majesty is known for cracking jokes and having a lively sense of humor—what in the world could those two be talking about here? Next question: How many compliments did Meghan give Queen Elizabeth on that electric green suit?
With Princes William and Harry by their side, the new friends look like they're ready for the royal double date of the century. We can only imagine how great the royal gossip is.
"She's been very generous and not sort of being forceful at all in any of her views. I feel she's been E! News about her close relationship with Her Majesty., really, for me," Middleton shared with
Also, mmm cake... a truly wonderful thing to bond over.
We know Markle loves her navys and her khakis, and the Queen is never one to shy away from a bright color moment. I can only hope that the Queen decided on wearing aqua and cerulean, and Markle wanted to match in her own way, giving us this gorgeous "shades of blue" color story. Best friends, always thinking alike!
This appearance was first joint royal engagement for Markle, Middleton, and Princes Harry and William, where they spoke about the causes that mean the most to them, like conservation, mental health, and homelessness prevention. But also, they definitely had more fun at this panel than you did this weekend.
Best guess: Kate's saying, "Act casual, I want a candid shot for Instagram."
I can only imagine what it was like for Harry, sitting between his grandmother and his wife–constantly dodging the whispers between the two of them, not getting his feelings hurt by the gentle ribbing he'll get. His being in the middle of them doesn't mean he'll get in the way of their forever friendship!
Look at the way Meghan looks at Kate. That's the look best friends give each other when they think they're brilliant, perfect, and hilarious. The sentiment is universal, ladies.
Kate looks at Queen Elizabeth like she knows everything and is going to change the world. She's not wrong–I mean, it's The Queen. But still, I hope Kate is not only gaining knowledge, but also a ton of fashion pointer. Look at the fuchsia!
Just a casual conversation between husband, wife, and his wife's best friend. And I guess his grandmother or whatever, but with the Queen looking as fabulous as she is, and Meghan stepping into her royal duties, we're always thrilled to see them interacting.
Yet again with William and Harry, but Kate and Meghan are the pair we care about the most here. They're so casual, pretending like they're not literal royalty. I hope the conversation they're having is about their matching ensembles, and Kate saying, "We planned it this way!" I can only hope.
Honestly, I pray that the Queen is saying "Hey guys, get it?" After telling a joke that was yes, absolutely hilarious, and everyone gets it. Kate's in awe of the hilarious comedic timing of Her Majesty.
The blue! The pink! The coordination! We know they didn't do this on purpose, but wouldn't it be fun to imagine Kate and Meghan debating outfit choices and colors? I can just picture the two of them texting fascinator photos back and forth.
In another Royal Christmas Moment, we see Kate and Her Majesty sharing a private chat, probably discussing where they hid Prince George's Christmas gifts and whether or not they should hide them from Harry as well. (They should.)
If there's one thing these two have in common, it's that they don't fear a bright color or a print. As you can see, we get a little bit of both here, and at a tennis game of all places! So many smiles! So much good hair game!
Stern look? Most definitely, but I see that was a stern look of affection, like, "I love you, don't get into trouble." The Queen is looking at her other BFF Meghan Markle like she knows she's got a bright future ahead of her. The Queen would know.
You see that look of adoration? That look of respect? That's the look of "my best friend is turning 90, and I'm gonna eat so much cake!" I would be thrilled too, if my best friend celebrated 90 years on earth.
In a rare spotting: all three of our favorite best friends sharing a laugh together. What a glorious, fabulous moment I would love to be a part of. I wonder what the joke is, and if I would understand it... probably not, it's probably part of some great British humo(u)r I'll never understand.