No wonder she's smiling! The Queen beams as she and Prince William welcome the President of Germany for lunch at Buckingham Palace amid Prince Harry’s engagement news

  • The Queen beamed with pride as she and William greeted President of Germany
  • Frank-Walter Steinmeier and wife Elke Budenbender had lunch with royals
  • Prince Harry announced his engagement to Meghan Markle on Monday?

Prince William played the doting grandson as he joined his grandmother to host the President of Germany and his wife at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

The Queen beamed with pride at her eldest grandson as they greeted the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and his wife Elke Budenbender outside the Grand Entrance before a private lunch at Buckingham Palace.

It was little surprise that the Queen, who looked resplendent in a pink suit, was in such high spirits after Prince Harry announced he is engaged to Meghan Markle yesterday.?

The Queen beamed with pride  as she and William greeted the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and his wife Elke Budenbender  at Buckingham Palace

The Queen beamed with pride as she and William greeted the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and his wife Elke Budenbender at Buckingham Palace

The Queen was all smiles as she beamed at the Duke of Cambridge following news of Prince Harry's engagement?

The Queen was all smiles as she beamed at the Duke of Cambridge following news of Prince Harry's engagement?

Newly-engaged Meghan yesterday recalled the first meeting she had with the Queen and revealed the love Prince Harry has for his beloved grandmother.

In a touching interview, the 36-year-old actress spoke warmly about Her Majesty - and how she instantly bonded with her famous Corgis.

The American suits star praised the 91-year-old monarch, who she said was 'an incredible woman.'

Ms Markle revealed she had met the Queen 'a couple of times' for tea.

And when she moved one of her dogs over to the UK, it was perhaps the clearest indication that she was serious about Prince Harry.

The actress brought her beagle Guy to live at Kensington Palace as her romance with the royal got serious.

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Cambridge greeted the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Cambridge greeted the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife

Prince William has stepped in to carry out more engagements with his grandmother after Prince Philip retired

Prince William has stepped in to carry out more engagements with his grandmother after Prince Philip retired

Her second dog, labrador-shepherd Bogart, is currently staying with friends in Canada.

Miss Markle has described the pair, which were rescued from a shelter in Los Angeles, as 'my loves', 'my boys' and said they 'mean the absolute world' to her.

And Prince Harry joked at his annoyance that the Queen's corgis, who have barked at him all his life, took to his fiancée 'straight away.'

She described how when she met the monarch, they 'sweetly lay on my feet during tea, it was very sweet.'

Prince Harry added: 'Just wagging tails and I was just like argh!'??

Meghan Markle said 'yes' immediately to Prince Harry after he proposed on one knee while they were cooking dinner, the couple said today in their first joint interview. She also spoke of how amazing Kate and William had been with her

Meghan Markle said 'yes' immediately to Prince Harry after he proposed on one knee while they were cooking dinner, the couple said today in their first joint interview. She also spoke of how amazing Kate and William had been with her

The royal looked nervous but happy and his fiancee stroked his arm lovingly as they spoke to reporters
Reporters asked him: 'When did you know she was the one?' and he replied: 'From the very first time we met'

The royal looked nervous but happy and his fiancee stroked his arm lovingly as they spoke to reporters, who asked him: 'When did you know she was the one?' and he replied: 'From the very first time we met'

Meanwhile, across town, the?Duchess of Cambridge?said she's 'absolutely thrilled' for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as she stepped out in?London?a day after her brother-in-law's engagement announcement.?

The pregnant mother-of-two displayed her neat baby bump in a figure-skimming Kate Spade dress, which she offset with burgundy accessories, as she arrived at?the Foundling Museum in London.

Discussing Monday's happy news, the Duchess said: 'William and I are absolutely thrilled. It's such exciting news.

'It's a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.'

Her appearance comes just hours after?Meghan Markle?hailed her 'wonderful'. ?Miss Markle said the Duchess of Cambridge had been 'wonderful' to her, while Harry said both William and Kate had been 'amazing'.

Harry talked about how he kept the relationship secret before introducing Miss Markle to his brother and sister-in-law. 'It was exciting, I mean I've - you know, I'd been seeing her for a period of time when I literally didn't tell anybody at all.?

'And then William was longing to meet her and so was Catherine, so you know, being our neighbours, we managed to get that in a couple of, well, quite a few times now, and Catherine has been absolutely amazing, as has William as well, you know, fantastic support.'?

The?Duchess of Cambridge displayed her neat baby bump in a Kate Spade dress as she stepped out at an art gallery in London just hours after Meghan Markle hailed her  'amazing'

The?Duchess of Cambridge displayed her neat baby bump in a Kate Spade dress as she stepped out at an art gallery in London just hours after Meghan Markle hailed her 'amazing'

'The family together have been absolutely, you know, a solid support, and my grandparents as well have been, have been wonderful throughout this whole process, and they've known for quite some time,' he said.

Harry, 33, and Miss Markle, 36, appeared at a photocall at Kensington Palace in London yesterday.

Fifth in line to the throne Harry has been dating the American actress - who found fame in the US legal drama Suits - since the summer of last year.

Their 16-month whirlwind romance blossomed when they met through mutual friends in London, and the pair have been almost inseparable in recent months.

Kate was in high spirits as she joined in with some arts and crafts  during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London

Kate was in high spirits as she joined in with some arts and crafts during a visit to the Foundling Museum in London

The couple will live together in Harry's current home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, and Miss Markle will become an HRH and a senior royal.

She is expected to become a duchess - just like Kate Middleton did when she became the Duchess of Cambridge after saying her vows in 2011.

Miss Markle will most probably become HRH the Duchess of Sussex, if Harry is made the Duke of Sussex by the Queen on the morning of his wedding.

The pair were secretly engaged earlier this month, and Harry took Miss Markle to meet his grandmother the Queen for tea at Buckingham Palace in October.

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