Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth's fast friendship has been the subject of a lot of speculation. At first, we thought the two were bonding over their shared love of dogs after the queen was spotted with Meghan's rescue beagle, Guy. But another interesting tidbit has come to light about Meghan that could explain why the queen has a soft spot for her new granddaughter-in-law.
On August 4, Meghan celebrated her 37th birthday. The Duchess of Sussex was all smiles as she attended the wedding of Prince Harry's childhood friend Charlie Van Straubenzee to Daisy Jenks. (Prince Harry was reportedly Van Straubenzee's best man.) Though the queen didn't attend, the day was still special for her because it marked another important birthday: her mother's.
Queen Elizabeth's mom, the queen mother, died in 2002 at the ripe old age of 102. This year, she would have been 118. Born Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon in 1900, she married the then-Duke of York in 1923. She had two daughters: Elizabeth and Margaret. Elizabeth succeeded her father, by then called King George VI, when he died in 1952. At that point, the older Elizabeth became known as "the queen mother," so as to not be confused with her daughter. What are the odds that two important royal women would share a birthday?
By now, Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle have spent probably countless hours in each other's company — so it's likely that the queen truly does like Meghan for more reasons that just the duchess' meaningful birth date. Queen Elizabeth has already even invited Meghan to spend the night with her in her personal royal train, which is an honor Prince William, Prince Harry, and even Kate Middleton have never enjoyed.
According to royal tradition, Meghan can't throw herself an over-the-top birthday party. Instead, she'll have to settle for something a little more subdued (although she can party it up behind closed doors at her home). The queen already gifted Meghan a beautiful pair of diamond and pearl earrings, so we're anxious to see what she'll get Meghan this time around. Either way, it's sure to be beautiful!