Why Meghan Markle's Birthday Will Be Bittersweet For The Queen

Meghan Markle will celebrate her first birthday as a royal when she turns 37 this Saturday, August 4th. There is much ado about how the Duchess of Sussex will spend her first birthday as a member of the royal family, however, the date is already one of a great significance in the Windsor household. That date is extra special to Queen Elizabeth II because Her Majesty’s late mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, was also born on August 4th.

The Queen has reportedly taken to Meghan quite well, as well, with the two bonding over their love of dogs. It will be a bittersweet day for the Queen while she celebrates the newest member of her family, as well as remembering her late mother. 

The Queen Mother was born in 1900 and would have been 118 this year, although she passed away in 2002, at the age of 101. She was the first British-born Queen Consort since Tudor times, according to The Guardian, and was the oldest living royal at the time of her death. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was beloved by her country, as well as her two daughters Elizabeth and Margaret. 

It's unlikely that Meghan will spend her birthday with her husband's grandmother, though, because she's set to attend a wedding in Surrey. Prince Harry will be acting as best man at his friend Charlie van Straubenzee's nuptials, according to Hello! Prince William and Kate Middleton may also be in attendance, as well, truly making it a family affair. It's definitely a bummer to attend somebody else's wedding on your birthday, though it's sure to be comforting to Meghan to spend it with her new family. 

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