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Kensington Palace dropped a surprise to mark the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and we’re blown away.

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Since announcing their engagement on Nov. 27, the gorgeous pair have made several public appearances as an official couple, but the newly released official photos marking their big day are next level.

The pair released their official engagement photos through Kensington Palace’s Instagram account, with the caption, “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen to release this official portrait photograph to mark their engagement.” The stunning professional photos feature one shot with Markle donning a translucent dress with fabric appliques while Harry holds her hand — and helps show off the engagement bling — while the other is a gorgeous black and white close-up photo. You can practically feel the love radiating off of it.

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The official photos were taken by Alexi Lubomirski at Frogmore House, Windsor, according to social media.

The beautiful photos come just a day after Markle and her Prince made their way to Buckingham Palace to enjoy a pre-Christmas lunch with the queen, Prince William, Duchess Catherine and several dozen members of the extended royal family. In just a few short days, the possible future Duchess of Sussex will also join the queen at Sandringham Estate for an exclusive day of Christmas fun.

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This is reportedly breaking royal protocol, as the royal family typically reserves holiday invitations to the Sandringham House for after an engaged couple has wed.

It’s clear from these photos Markle has a thing for lacy dresses, and if the recently released sketches of her potential wedding dress turn out to be winners, we’ll be seeing her in a lot more of it as she makes her way down the aisle on May 19!

Christabel is a twenty-something graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. She's a big fan of writing, television, movies, general pop culture and complaining about how they've annoyed her. Long live the Oxford comma.
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