- Meghan Markle is celebrating her 39th birthday on Tuesday, August 4.
- It's the Duchess of Sussex's first birthday since she officially stepped back from her working role in the royal family in January.
- The duchess was a working royal for just 23 months, and in that time she racked up some impressive achievements.
- Markle became British Vogue's first-ever guest editor, and she even curated her own charity cookbook.
- Insider has gathered the best photo from every month of her royal life.
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May 2018: Meghan Markle officially became the Duchess of Sussex after marrying Prince Harry on May 19.
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The ceremony at St George's Chapel sparked a "turning point for the monarchy," according to royal biographer Katie Nicholl.
June 2018: The newlyweds attended Trooping the Colour, one of the most anticipated events on the royal calendar.
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The Queen's birthday parade took place on June 9, just weeks after Meghan and Harry's wedding.
July 2018: Meghan shared an adorable moment with Prince Harry on the palace balcony.
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The pair joined the royal family to watch a flypast that marked 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
August 2018: Meghan and Harry attended a "Hamilton" charity performance in London with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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The royal couple posed for photos with the cast when Meghan turned to Harry and appeared to say "Can you see, my love?" The cast exploded in "awwws."
September 2018: Meghan curated a charity cookbook to help the Grenfell Tower victims.
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It was the first solo project she undertook as a royal.
October 2018: Meghan and Harry shared this adorable moment at Sydney's Bondi Beach during their tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
According to photographer Samir Hussein, who took the photo, this moment between the couple displayed an "instinctive show of love for each other."
"At one point, Harry and Meghan turned, looked into each others eyes and smiled to each other during an instinctive show of love for each other," Hussein told Insider.
"This had all the ingredients for a very unusual Royal photo, which showed their bond in a totally informal, relaxed and stunning setting."
November 2018: "The Fab Four" reunited for a Remembrance Day service at Westminster Abbey, despite rumors that the couples were feuding.
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The following year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle resigned from The Royal Foundation, the charity they'd been running with Prince William and Kate Middleton.
December 2018: They also got together for Christmas Day celebrations the following month.
The royal family celebrates Christmas in Sandringham every year.
January 2019: The world was on baby watch as the duchess showed off her blossoming bump during a visit to Mayhew Animal Welfare Charity in London.
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It was one of her many stylish maternity looks.
February 2019: Meghan and Harry embarked on a working tour of Morocco.
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They took this adorably candid photo at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports.
March 2019: Meghan joined Prince Harry on stage at WE Day in London.
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Her appearance came as a surprise to those in attendance, as it wasn't previously announced that the duchess would be there.
May 2019: After making no public appearances in April, Markle and Prince Harry showed off baby Archie at an official photo call in Windsor Castle.
The couple welcomed the newborn on May 6.
June 2019: The duke and duchess visited the Boston Red Sox before the team's match against the New York Yankees in London.
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The team surprised the couple with an adorable gift for Archie.
July 2019: Meghan, Harry, and the royal family came together for Archie's christening on July 6.
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Meghan wore a cream Dior dress and matching fascinator for the special event.
August 2019: Meghan shared a behind-the-scenes preview of her clothing collection on Instagram.
September 2019: Meghan and Harry kicked off their royal tour of Africa in the best possible way — by dancing in the street with the locals.
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A hilarious video of the moment shows Harry watching and following the women as they dance, before hesitantly trying some moves of his own.
October 2019: Meghan focused on her work to improve the lives of women and girls around the world on a visit to South Africa.
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She discussed the nature of violence against women and girls on a visit to ActionAid in Johannesburg, South Africa.
November 2019: Meghan attended a Remembrance Sunday service in London.
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The armistice ending World War I was signed on November 11, 1918.
December 2019: Meghan and Harry shared a candid shot of themselves with Archie for their family Christmas card.
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The photo was taken by the couple's friend Janina Gavankar.
January 2020: Meghan wore a $70 sweater for her first public appearance of 2020 — her final engagement before their departure was announced.
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She wore a $70 Massimo Dutti plain silk wool sweater and a brown satin midi skirt from the same brand to visit Canada House in London.
March 2020: The duchess attended no official engagements in February, but she was back the following month for her final royal engagements.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the Commonwealth Day service at London's Westminster Abbey alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen.
Markle and Harry have been delayed from starting their first post-royal projects due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, they recently announced the upcoming launch of their charity foundation, "Archewell" and signed with the same speaking agency that represents the Obamas.
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