Their wedding may be a few months away, but Prince Harry and his bride-to-be have already been presented with their first wedding gift.
The couple were in the port city of Cardiff, which marked their first visit together to Wales. As excitement continues to grow around the upcoming wedding and the latest edition to the royal family, thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse of the couple.
Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, smiled and interacted with fans who waited for hours in the cold weather for a chance to brush shoulders with royalty. The couple were delayed due to train problems, but well and truly made up for it when they arrived.
At one point during the day, mini versions of the couple surprised them with a moving wedding present. Harry Smith, six, and nine-year-old Megan Taylor stole the show when they gave Prince Harry and the former actress a traditional Welsh love spoon. According to the BBC, the couple were over the moon with the thoughtful present.
“Oh my goodness, wow, it’s beautiful,” the BBC reports Meghan saying when she was presented with the gift. “Thank you very much.”
Love spoons have long been a wedding tradition in Wales. Decorative carvings are usually added to the spoons and presented as presents to couples. It is believed that when hung on a wall, they bring good luck.
Kensington Palace shared a snap of young Harry and Megan presenting the spoon to the royals on Twitter, much to the delight of eager royal watchers. One fan said: “How very appropriate.”
Another comment read: “That’s the cutest thing ever,” while a third person added: “What an awesome wedding present. Harry and Meghan are adorable.”
During their visit, the pair were shown some of the best parts of the city, including Cardiff Castle. On a tour of the castle, they were given an exclusive meeting with some of the city’s best poets, musicians and athletes.
They also travelled to the Starhub community centre, where they got a first-hand look at how sport was positively influencing the youth of Wales. They heard about a special Street Games initiative and got to interact with some of the young people who are benefiting from the program. They also clapped with excitement as they watched a young dance group perform.
By the looks of things, their first visit to Wales was a roaring success, with the Palace thanking everyone who showed up. “Diolch Caerdydd! Thank you to everyone who made Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s visit to Wales so very special,” a message on social media read. “Thank you so much to everyone who has waited to welcome Prince Harry and Ms. Markle to Cardiff.”
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