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Meghan Markle goes from tourist to Duchess with picture outside Buckingham Palace at 15

Meghan Markle goes from tourist to Duchess with picture outside Buckingham Palace at 15

Meghan Markle visiting Buckingham Palace in the summer of 1996 (Picture: Splash News)

Never in her wildest dreams could this 15-year-old tourist visiting Buckingham Palace imagine where her life would take her.

But 22 years after posing for this photo on railings outside the palace, Meghan Markle has officially become a member of the Royal Family.

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The throwback snap of a teenage Meghan taking in the sights of London with friend Ninaki Priddy is perfectly poignant on the day of her marriage to Prince Harry.

Meghan and Ninaki were royal fans getting their first glimpse of the monarchy during their trip to Europe in the summer of 1996.

And the image is even more remarkable when compared to photos of Meghan standing at the altar next to Prince Harry.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle following their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The couple share a kiss in front of delighted onlookers (Picture: PA)

Meghan Markle leaves after her wedding ceremony to Prince Harry, at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Brian Lawless/pool photo via AP)

Meghan was walked down the aisle by Prince Charles in the absence of her father (Picture: AP)

Thousands of guests packed in to St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle and millions more watched as the couple said I do.

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Meghan followed royal tradition by wearing a tiara – choosing a Queen Mary filigree bandeau tiara loaned to her by the Queen.

In the absence of Meghans father Thomas, who is recovering from heart surgery at home in Mexico, Prince Charles walked the bride down the aisle.

Harry beamed a loving smile as he saw Meghan in her dress, and the brides mother Doria Ragland appeared to have tears in her eyes.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Harry helped his new bride down the steps of St Georges Chapel (Picture: PA)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau along the Long Walk after their wedding in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Tens of thousands of royal fans lined the streets of Windsor for the procession (Picture: PA)

After becoming husband and wife, the couple shared a kiss on the steps of the chapel, underneath a floral tribute for Harrys mother Princess Diana.

They then took a 25-minute ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Windsor.

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More than 100,000 people are thought to have lined the streets to celebrate with the happy couple.

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose titles were announced on Saturday morning, will have their evening ceremony at luxury Frogmore House, within the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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