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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are celebrating their first wedding anniversary today, as a family of three with the arrival of baby Archie.

A year after they wed on May 19 last year at St George’s Chapel, we look back at some of the highlights of the last 365 days.

Harry and Meghan's new home is where they held their wedding reception
They wed in a glittering ceremony attended by royalty, celebrities and the public

Just days after their glittering wedding ceremony, the newlyweds made their first official engagement as a married couple at a garden party celebrating the Prince of Wales’s charity work.

Harry and Meghan
Harry and Meghan have carried out hundreds of engagements since their marriage

Meghan embarked on 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 travelled 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.

The Duchess Of Sussex Visits The Hubb Community Kitchen
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how funds raised by the 'Together: Our Community' Cookbook are making a difference at Al Manaar, North Kensington on November 21, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The duchess rolls her sleeves up to help make lunch at the Hubb Community Kitchen

In the autumn, Meghan took 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.

Meghan had suggested the idea of the book to a group of women who cooked together at a Muslim cultural centre in North Kensington in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
William and Kate with Harry and Meghan at Princess Eugenie’s wedding

In October, the Sussexes were back in St George’s Chapel where they were guests at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

Three days later, they publicly announced they were expecting a baby when Harry and Meghan were starting their official tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend XXX on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
The royal couple on Bondi beach in Australia

Harry called the baby “our little bump” as the pair continued with their 16-day trip which featured more than 70 engagements including a trip to Bondi beach in Sydney and the 2018 Invictus Games.

On Remembrance Sunday, the duchess joined other members of the Royal Family for the first time at the Cenotaph.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan walk down the stairs of the iconic Opera House to meet the crowds
The couple carried on with their trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, after announcing their baby news

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 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.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, leave after the Royal Variety Performance in London
Harry and Meghan at the Royal Variety Performance in London

But the two couples were all smiles when they led the royal family to church on Christmas Day at Sandringham.

In February, Meghan enjoyed a baby shower get together with friends, including Amal Clooney and Jessica Mulroney, in New York.

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.

Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle, the new home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Frogmore Cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle is the new family home of the Sussexes

In April, Harry and Meghan moved out of Kensington Palace and into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor having carried out extensive renovations to the house at an estimated cost to the taxpayer of £3m.

The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

A month later, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on at 5.26am on 6 May, weighing 7lb 3oz, at London’s Portland Hospital, a private hospital favoured by celebrities.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son
Archie is the seventh in line to the throne

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”.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hold hands while attending a community picnic at Victoria Park in Dubbo
What will be in store for the royal couple as they look forward to the future?

There have been no public announcements regarding how the royal couple plan to celebrate their first anniversary, but Meghan’s mother is thought to be staying with the couple and could perform babysitting duties.

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

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