CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II (not pictured) visit Chester Town Hall on June 14, 2018 in Chester, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday, Meghan! A Look Back at Her Very Big Year

A visual timeline of her rise from commoner to duchess.

On August 4, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, turns 37 — and what a year she's had. Last year for her birthday, her then-boyfriend Prince Harry took her on a trip to Botswana; between then and now, she's become his wife, a duchess, and a media and fashion sensation to boot. Here, a timeline of Meghan's whirlwind of fame.

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold hands a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation ) Chris Jackson GOING PUBLIC September 25, 2017: At the Invictus Games in Toronto, Prince Harry holds "Suits" actress Meghan Markle's hand — kicking off a flurry of speculation about how serious their relationship was getting. TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 30: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) Karwai Tang/WireImage HARRY MEETS HER MOM September 30, 2017: Photographers snap Doria Ragland, Markle's mother, with the couple at the Invictus Games.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 2, 2017: A variety of daily newspapers, including The Sun, for sale at a newstand in London, England. The Sun's headline refers to Prince Harry and his girlfriend, Meghan Markle. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images) Robert Alexander/Getty Images MEDIA ATTENTION, FOR BETTER OR WORSE October 2, 2017: Following the Invictus Games appearance, that Monday's British newspapers went wild with the story. But chatter about Markle's identity as a mixed-race woman got so ugly that on November 8, Prince Harry, in an unusual move for the royal family, released a statement condemning the "wave of abuse" his girlfriend was experiencing in the press. Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. Britain's Prince Harry will marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle early next year after the couple became engaged earlier this month, Clarence House announced on Monday. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images) DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images ENGAGED! November 27, 2017: The couple announce their engagement in a place special to the prince — the white garden at Kensington Palace, dedicated to his mother Diana's memory. TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. Britain's Prince Harry will marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle early next year after the couple became engaged earlier this month, Clarence House announced on Monday. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images) DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images FLASHING THE RING November 27, 2017: At the engagement announcement, Meghan shows off the bling — a band of yellow gold holding stones sourced from Botswana and from Diana's personal collection. THE FASHION CRITIQUES BEGIN Handout/Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Image THE FASHION CRITIQUES BEGIN December 21, 2017: The couple release official engagement portraits, including one with the future duchess in a dress by Ralph & Russo. Some criticized the dress for its sheer top and high price tag ($75,000). Since then, her fashion choices have been markedly more conservative. KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Chris Jackson/Getty Images HOLIDAYS WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY Christmas Day, 2017: With Prince Harry and her future in-laws, Meghan Markle curtsies outside church service in King's Lynn, England. LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Meghan Markle meets members of the public following a visit to Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton on January 9, 2018 in London, England. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images) WPA Pool/Getty Images MEETING AND GREETING THE PUBLIC January 9, 2018: The future royal kicked off the new year with a slew of appearances in the months leading up to her wedding, including this visit to a youth radio station in the London neighborhood of Brixton. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 01: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle arrive to attend the 'Endeavour Fund Awards' Ceremony at Goldsmiths Hall on February 1, 2018 in London, England. The awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images) WPA Pool/Getty Images IN THE SPOTLIGHT February 1, 2018: Giving a hint of her philanthropical side by attending the Endeavour Fund Awards, which celebrate wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women. SUITS -- 'Normandy' Episode 215 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross, Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images SAYING GOODBYE TO 'SUITS' April 25, 2018: Taking on her new role meant parting with another, and on this date, the USA Network aired the season 7 finale of "Suits," the TV show that put Markle the actress on the map. In the episode, her character Rachel married Mike (Patrick J. Adams, pictured), and both actors rode off into the sunset. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (Editors Note:This Image has been converted into black and white) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge kisses Meghan Markle as they attend an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on April 25, 2018 in London, England. Anzac Day commemorates members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died during the Gallipoli landings of 1915. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images) Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images HOLDING COURT WITH THE FUTURE KING April 25, 2018: On the same day her final episode of "Suits" aired, Markle attended an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey with Princes Harry and William (pictured). A picture taken at Buckingham Palace in London on April 12, 2018 shows the Instrument of Consent, an official State document that records the Queen's formal consent to Prince Harry's forthcoming marriage to Meghan Markle. - The Instrument of Consent is a hand-written document which records Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's consent to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The document is hand-written and illuminated on vellum and sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm. The Queen's signature, 'Elizabeth R,' can be seen at the top right of the document, which will be presented to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after the wedding. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images) VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images BY ROYAL DECREE April 12, 2018: On display at Buckingham Palace, the Instrument of Consent — an official handwritten document that records the Queen's formal permission for Harry to marry Meghan. WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Ms. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at the start of her wedding to Prince Harry in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images) WPA Pool/Getty Images HERE COMES THE BRIDE May 19, 2018: With the world watching, Meghan Markle, stunning in Givenchy, walks down the aisle of St George's Chapel inside Windsor Castle. (Check out all the best royal wedding photos here.) WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images) WPA Pool/Getty Images SEALED WITH A KISS With the royal family behind them and their public in front, the couple pucker up for pictures. WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: (L-R) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after getting married at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's mother, Doria Ragland. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) Karwai Tang/WireImage FIRST CARRIAGE RIDE The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave to the crowds in the royal carriage ride after their wedding. LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage) Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage ON THE BALCONY June 9, 2018: At Trooping the Colour, a military parade in honor of the Queen's birthday, the Duchess takes her place among the royal family. Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react after presenting the trophy for the St James's Palace Stakes race on day one of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 19, 2018. - The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711 and tradition is a hallmark of the meeting. Top hats and tails remain compulsory in parts of the course while a daily procession of horse-drawn carriages brings the Queen to the course. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images) DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images HAT'S ALL June 19, 2018: Stepping out in one of many gorgeous hats at the Royal Ascot horse races. WIDNES, CHESHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Queen Elizabeth II laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images JUST THE TWO OF US June 14, 2018: Meghan joins the Queen for their first official joint engagement, a trip to Cheshire, England. LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London, England. The Queen's Young Leaders Programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates the achievements of young people from across the Commonwealth working to improve the lives of people across a diverse range of issues including supporting people living with mental health problems, access to education, promoting gender equality, food scarcity and climate change. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images) WPA Pool/Getty Images PERFECTING 'THE DUCHESS SLANT' June 26, 2018: At the Queen's Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace, Meghan pulls a move dubbed by royals watchers as "the duchess slant" — a traditional way of sitting. WINDSOR, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Nacho Figuares of Sentebale St. Regis presents the Sentebale Polo 2018 trophy as Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex kiss after the Sentebale Polo 2018 held at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on July 26, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Chris Jackson/Getty Images NOT A BAD YEAR AT ALL July 26, 2018: As Nacho Figueras tries to hand them a trophy, the Duke and Duchess kiss after Harry's polo match.



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