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Britain’s most eligible red-headed bachelor is officially off the market. That’s right, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement this morning and will tie the knot in what can only be a Pinterest-perfect ceremony in spring 2018. So if you’ve ever wondered how the Suits actress landed the prince’s affection, join us as we take a look back at all the moments that led to the couple’s long-time-coming announcement. Here, a definitive timeline of Prince Harry and Markle’s fairy-tale love story.

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1. The Meet-Cute

Prince Harry and Markle first crossed paths in July 2016 when a mutual friend introduced them while the Suits actress was in London. Royal matchmaking at its finest, ladies and gents.

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2. The Rumors

Later that month, Markle posted a photo on Instagram of herself wearing a beaded bracelet that looked pretty similar to the one Prince Harry often wears.

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3. The Announcement

But the pair didn’t make things official until November 2016, when Prince Harry released a statement calling out the press for harassing Markle and—simultaneously—confirming that their relationship wasn’t just in our heads after all.

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4. The Wedding Date

The only thing more eye-catching than Pippa Middleton’s stunning May 2017 wedding was the fact that Prince Harry brought Markle as his plus-one.

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5. The First Public Appearance

Markle and Prince Harry made their official debut as a couple in September 2017 when they attended the Invictus Games in Toronto—a weeklong multi-sport event for wounded servicemen and servicewomen. During the games, the royal couple alternated between cheering on the athletes and whispering sweet nothings to each other, proving Queen Elizabeth’s PDA rule is no match for their lurve.

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6. The Time She Met the Queen

In October 2017, Prince Harry brought his gal to meet the queen over a casual afternoon tea and hypothetically began checking off items on his pre-engagement to-do list.

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7. The Proposal

At long last, on November 27, 2017 (aka the best day of our life), Kensington Palace confirmed what we all saw coming: Markle and Prince Harry are engaged. *Breaks into embarrassing happy dance*

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8. The Wedding

Sure, Prince Harry and Markle have a lot to do before we can start picking out our royal wedding attire, but we do know the couple is scheduled to tie the knot in spring 2018, giving us more than enough time to plan our trip across the pond.

Let the royal wedding planning commence!

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