A birthday is a pretty big deal. Especially if you are celebrating your special day as a new member of the Royal Family.
Meghan Markle will be celebrating her 37th birthday on August 4.
Not only it is her big day, but it also has a very special meaning to the Queen. It is also the birthday of another important royal.
Elizabeth’s mom, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, The Queen Mother, was born on the same day, August 4, 1900.
Elizabeth’s mom met her husband, Prince Albert, in her late teens. The couple got married in 1923. Princess Elizabeth is their first daughter. She was born in 1926, and their second, Princess Margaret, in 1930.
The Queen Mother and her husband unexpectedly claimed the throne in 1937. It was after Albert’s brother Edward abdicated the throne to be with American socialite and divorcee Wallis Simpson.
The Queen Mother was his consort until he passed away in 1952, and Elizabeth II became queen.
Elizabeth’s mother was so dedicated that when World War II began. When the officials suggested she move with her children to North America, she famously responded: “The children will not leave unless I do. I shall not leave unless their father does, and the King will not leave the country in any circumstances whatsoever.”
The Queen Mother lived until 2002 and cared deeply for her two daughter, Elizabeth II and Margaret. She died in her sleepafter suffering from a cold for four months before her death.
She was the first member of the royal family to reach her 100th birthday. This year would have marked her 118th birthday.
Meghan Markle will celebrate her 37th birthday at the wedding of one of Prince Harry’s best friends, Charlie Van Sttraubenzee, to Daisy Jenks.
Last year, she and Harry spent her birthday in Africa on a safari vacation.