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In 2015, a year before she met her husband Prince Harry, then-actress Meghan Markle visited Malta to explore her family roots.

On Wednesday, never-before-seen photos of the now-Duchess of Sussex on her trip to the European archipelago were made public.

The pics show Meghan wearing traditional headdresses, including a Maltese għonnella, navigated cobblestone streets and showcasing her chic style and signature smile.

Meghan’s great-great-grandmother, Mary Bird, was born in Malta in 1862.

“When asked to go to Malta to not only discover the beautiful island, but also the land from which my great grandmother hailed, I said yes without hesitation,” Meghan wrote on her now-shuttered blog, The Tig.

See more photos from Meghan’s trip to Malta below.

 

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When in Malta…

Meghan wears a Maltese għonnella.

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Which Way?

Meghan navigates the streets.

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Set in Stone

Meghan makes her way down an alleyway.

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Dinner Time

Meghan admires the dinner setting.

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Making Friends

Meghan chats with the locals.

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Knock Knock

The Maltese don’t mess around when it comes to doors.

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A Meghan Markle Photo…

…or a page from a home furnishing catalogue?

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Look Up

Meghan appears with a friend.

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Taking a Breather

Meghan sits and takes in the sights.

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Follow Me!

Meghan leads the way.

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Playing Tourist

Meghan admires the architecture.

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Chic Style

Meghan models a casual look.

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Embracing Tradition

Meghan tries on a traditional headdress.

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Smile!

Meghan flashes her signature grin.

During her trip, Meghan visited the northern island of Gozo, and the capital of Valletta, as well as the city of Mdina and the village of Dingli on the southern island.

“It’s Malta!” she wrote. “A beautiful jewel of an island dotted in the Mediterranean between Sicily, Tunisia, and Libya. A dream for one who relishes culture and history set against a backdrop of the ever-so beautiful sea. Beyond being rich in history, the food & wine scene of Malta is one to write home about.”

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