Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gift to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was anything but ordinary. The couple, who tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony on May 19, were gifted a country home from Her Majesty, who couldn’t be happier about the union.
Harry and Markle were given a cottage located inside the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Elizabeth received the property as part of her inheritance from King George VI, who passed away in 1952. The estate has been in the family since 1862 and once housed Elizabeth’s grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary. It is currently used as office space for the Sandringham Estate and will likely undergo renovations for the newlyweds.
Although Elizabeth’s gift was extravagant by any measure, it wasn’t the first time she gifted an estate. According to Page Six, Her Majesty also gifted an estate at Sandringham to Prince William and Kate Middleton shortly after their wedding. William and Middleton lived at the house until their oldest son, George, finished nursery school.
For Harry and Markle, the cottage will make the third house the couple now owns. The two already have a cottage at Kensington Palace and recently purchased a house in the Cotswolds. It is not clear where they will spend most of their time, but it is likely that they will make Kensington Palace their base of operations, much like William and Middleton.
While Markle adjusts to her new life as a member of the royal family, she is set to attend her first public event with Queen Elizabeth. The two are planning on traveling to Chester, England together for the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge.
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From there, the pair will unveil the opening of the Storyhouse theater before wrapping up the day with lunch at the town hall in Chester. The engagement is Markle’s first with Queen Elizabeth since she became the Duchess of Sussex, though they have appeared at several events together prior to the wedding.
Markle and Harry tied the knot a few weekends ago inside St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Chapel. Over 600 lucky guests attended the gorgeous wedding, including a number of different celebrities and members of the royal family. After exchanging vows, Harry and Markle decided against going on a honeymoon so that they could start their royal duties right away.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have not commented on Queen Elizabeth’s extravagant wedding gift.