Friday 21 June 2019

'We hope you enjoy reliving the moment' - Harry and Meghan celebrate their first wedding anniversary by releasing unseen photos

Britain's Prince Charles walks Meghan up the aisle on her wedding day. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Charles walks Meghan up the aisle on her wedding day. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Screengrab taken from the Instagram feed of Sussex Royal of images from the wedding day of the The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they celebrate their first first wedding anniversary today - and are a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie. Photo: @sussexroyal/PA Wire
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn. Photo: Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met President Michael D Higgins, his wife Sabina and their dogs Brod and Sioda (Julien Behal/PA)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession after their wedding on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on the Long Walk as they head back towards Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Aaron Chown / POOL / AFP)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are escorted by members of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment as they ride in the Ascot Landau Carriage and pass through the Cambridge Gate into the grounds of Windsor Castle at the end of their carriage procession in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hold their baby son Archie, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger has admitted to being a fan of the Duchess of Sussex (Steve Parsons/PA)
So happy: Prince Harry and wife Meghan at a photocall with new baby Archie. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Royal baby: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is introduced to the public. Photo: Getty
Baby Archie, who is seventh in line to the British throne
New arrival: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son to the queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on Wednesday
Archie is cool and both traditional and modern-sounding. Photo: Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R), and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose for a photo with their newborn baby son in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 8, 2019. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski / POOL / AFP)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk away with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, in support of the Sentebale charity, at the Royal Albert Hall (Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph)
Proud dad: Prince Harry announces the birth at Windsor Castle. Picture: Reuters
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Tim Whitby/PA)
Meghan and Harry. PIC: SussexRoyal/Instagram
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Harry and Meghan. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool via REUTERS
A general view of Frogmore Cottage at Frogmore Cottage on April 10, 2019 in Windsor, England
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the unveiling of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy in Redvale on October 30, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand
Prince Harry and Meghan. Photo: Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Aras an Uachtarain. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for their visit with President and Sabina Higgins. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Welcome: President Higgins and his wife Sabina with Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan at Áras an Uachtaráin in July. Photo: Andrew Parsons/Getty
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Aras an Uachtarain. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for their visit with President and Sabina Higgins. Picture: Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex went to Aras an Uachtarain (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Picture shows Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, being given a tour of the Gardens at Áras an Uachtaráin by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins. JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

Press Association reporters

British royal couple Harry and Meghan have marked their first wedding anniversary with a photo montage on Instagram.

The pair shared a compilation of 14 wedding snaps including some behind the scenes pictures from their big day last year.

The couple - who welcomed baby Archie earlier this month - have had a momentous 12 months since they wed at St George's Chapel in a glittering ceremony attended by royalty, celebrities and the public.

The social media post, which features some never seen before pictures, is accompanied by the song This Little Light Of Mine which they point out was chosen by the couple for their recessional on their wedding day.

In a message, the couple said: "Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful."

The pictures feature a series of black and white images by Chris Allerton, including one that appears to be Harry thumbing a lift and another where Meghan is holding hands with her mother Doria Ragland.

The famous picture of the couple sharing a kiss on the steps, by Press Association photographer Danny Lawson, is also among the snaps shared.

The birth of Harry and Meghan's son came less than a year after the royal nuptials in the grounds of Windsor Castle, a wedding attended by A-list stars like Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney and the British monarchy led by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, got engaged following a whirlwind 16-month romance after going on a blind date in London.

A first wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with paper gifts - with couples sometimes exchanging presents featuring a paper ticket.

Meghan's mother Ms Ragland - now a grandmother for the first time - is thought to be staying with the couple and could perform babysitting duties if the duke and duchess choose to have a romantic dinner to mark their anniversary.

Archie's birth was registered on Friday, revealing the couple had their baby at London's Portland Hospital, a private hospital favoured by celebrities wanting a money-no-object birthing experience.

The baby, who is the seventh in lie to the throne and an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and Philip, arrived at 5.26am on May 6, weighing 7lb 3oz.

He is believed to be the first mixed-race child born to a senior member of the Royal family in centuries, and is a reflection of modern Britain with its culturally diverse population.

The birth certificate also showed Meghan may have been born a commoner but is now a "Princess of the United Kingdom" as far as her occupation was concerned.

When Harry announced to the world his wife had given birth to a boy he could not hide his happiness at becoming a father for the first time, to a baby he said was "absolutely to die for".

The royal baby, who was not given a courtesy title, met his uncle and aunt, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for the first time on Tuesday, having already spent time with his royal great-grandparents, the Queen and Philip.

Harry and Meghan's first year of marriage

Harry and Meghan have had a busy first year of marriage, embarking on a major overseas tour, moving house and welcoming their first child.

Meghan threw herself into royal life and was at work with Harry just days after their wedding last May as they joined the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at a garden party celebrating the prince's charity work.

It was a year of firsts for newbie royal Meghan, and the party marked the newlyweds' first official engagement as a married couple.

The duchess undertook her first joint engagement with the Queen on a day trip to Cheshire, and body language experts said the pair got on famously.

In July, Harry and Meghan headed to Dublin - their first official overseas trip as a married couple - and visited Croke Park stadium, the scene of the Bloody Sunday atrocity committed by British troops against civilians in 1920.

Personal celebrations included Meghan's 37th birthday in August which was spent at the wedding of Harry's society friends Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks, Harry's 34th birthday in September, and a holiday with George and Amal Clooney in Italy.

In the autumn, Meghan brought her mother Doria Ragland to the launch of the Grenfell community cookbook she championed - and helped prepare lunch for the guests at the Hubb Community Kitchen in London.

Ms Ragland's last memorable appearance was on the steps of St George's Chapel following the royal wedding in May, watching her daughter begin her new life as a member of the monarchy.

Meghan was the driving force behind the book, suggesting the idea to a group of women who came together to cook at a Muslim cultural centre in North Kensington in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy.

Ms Ragland introduced herself to guests as "Meg's mom" when she arrived at the marquee with the duke and duchess, and said she was "head over heels" with pride.

The Sussexes were back in St George's Chapel in October where they were guests at Princess Eugenie's wedding.

It was on this day they shared the news with their family that they were expecting a baby.

The pregnancy was announced publicly just three days later when Harry and Meghan were starting their official tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

A delighted Harry called the baby "our little bump" and Meghan repeatedly cradled her stomach as the pair continued with their marathon 16-day trip, which featured more than 70 engagements.

Highlights included a trip to Bondi beach in Sydney, the 2018 Invictus Games, and a Maori welcome in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Back in the UK, the duchess joined the royals for the first time at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, which this year fell on the centenary of Armistice Day.

And the family came together again for Charles' 70th birthday for official photographs, and then a party hosted by the Queen.

The Royal Variety Performance is a staple of the royal calendar and Meghan had her first introduction to the annual event, joining Harry in meeting Take That at the charity show.

As it emerged that the couple had chosen Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate as the home where they will raise their family, rumours abounded as to the reason for their move away from Kensington Palace, amid speculation over Meghan and Kate's relationship.

There were also reports of tension between William and Harry, with Harry reportedly accusing his older brother of trying to wreck his relationship with Meghan when he initially voiced concerns.

But the two couples appeared the best of friends when they led the royal family to church on Christmas Day at Sandringham.

Meghan and Kate were all smiles as they walked side by side, just as they had done the previous Christmas with Harry and William, past hundreds of royal fans.

In February, Meghan enjoyed a baby shower get together with friends in New York.

Amal Clooney and Jessica Mulroney were among the guests who made an appearance at the lavish five-star Mark Hotel.

In March it was announced that Harry and Meghan were to have their own household based at Buckingham Palace, separate to William and Kate, to take forward their growing roles as senior members of the royal family.

Harry and Meghan then moved out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage, having carried out extensive renovations to the house at an estimated cost to the taxpayer of £3 million.

Work on the listed property in Berkshire - including changing it from staff apartments into one mansion - overran and it was reported that the Sussexes made constant design changes, meaning the builders fell behind schedule.

The duke and duchess, who were footing the bill for furnishings, are said to have hired former Soho House interior designer Vicky Charles to transform their new pad.

They had lived at Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace since their engagement.

With a new home, all that was left was for Meghan to give birth to the couple's first child.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Monday May 6 at the private Portland Hospital in London.

He was born in a maternity unit renowned for its quality of service, akin to a five-star hotel where parents can spend tens of thousands to ensure a safe and happy arrival for their baby.

Archie, who is the seventh in line to the throne and an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, is believed to be the first mixed-race child born to a senior member of the royal family in centuries, and is a reflection of modern Britain with its culturally diverse population.

When Harry announced to the world his wife had given birth to a boy he could not hide his happiness at becoming a father for the first time, to a baby he said was "absolutely to-die-for".

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