Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended their first event as a married couple at The Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration at Buckingham Palace. Camilla Parker-Bowles attended the annual garden party next to her husband as well, as the newlywed couple.

'Bee-tiful speech from Prince Harry'

The Duke of Sussex gave an affectionate speech for his father's birthday celebration, even teasing him about royal life, in front of 6,000 charity guests. He gave his speech on a platform in the middle of the garden. His speech that honoured his father's work with charities across the UK was interrupted when a bumblebee flew too close to his face, leaving his wife Meghan Markle and his stepmother, the Duchess of Cornwall laughing.

When Prince Harry lost his place during the speech due to the rogue bumblebee, he swatted his hand and said "Sorry, that bee really got me!" to the crowd with a slight laugh.

Prince Harry talked about his father's influence on the charities across the UK and how Prince Charles inspired Prince William and himself. "In fact, many of the issues William and I now work on are subjects we were introduced to by our father growing up. His passion and dedication are remarkable and seeing so many of you here today I cannot fail but to be in awe of the drive he has had for so many years to contribute to the enrichment of society both in this country and around the world.”

After the speech, Prince Harry and Prince Charles hugged before joining their wives to take pictures for the press.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex thanked everyone who congratulated them on their wedding, posed for pictures and talked with only a handful of groups before making their quiet exit.

Prince Charles' actual 70th birthday is still six months away, his birthday being on 14 November. This event was a public celebration ahead of the actual birthday and it is known that the Duke of Cornwall will have a small party with family and close friends closer to his actual birthday.

In Prince Harry's words, "How very Royal."

Royal absentees

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were both absent at the garden party. Prince William was paying his tributes to the victims of the Manchester Attack at the Manchester Cathedral. He gave a speech honouring the victims of the bombing and wrote a message for the Tree of Hope. Harpers Bazaar reported that Kate Middleton was absent from both events as she is still on her maternity leave after the birth of her third child, Prince Louis, who was born on Monday 23 April.