Kensington Palace has sent out cards on behalf of Meghan Markle, sharing sweet thank you notes to those who wished the Duchess of Sussex a happy 37th birthday last month.
Rather than send out a posed portrait — like the romantic black-and-white picture used in Harry and Meghan’s thank you notes following the royal wedding — a candid photo snapped by photographer Gerry Mooney shows Meghan sharing a laugh with fans during the couple’s trip to Ireland in July.
“The Duchess of Sussex is so touched you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of her 37th birthday,” reads the back of the postcard, according to royal fan LoopyCrown3 on Instagram. “It really was most thoughtful of you and Her Royal Highness sends you her heartfelt thanks and best wishes.”
The letter appeared on official Kensington Palace stationary, with an envelope marked “royal mail” and a gold seal featuring Queen Elizabeth.
In 2014, Meghan was playing Rachel Zane on Suits and was happily running her lifestyle blog, The Tig, as she approached her 33rd birthday. In a short essay she wrote to her followers on The Tig on her birthday, Meghan got candid about her struggle to accept herself.
Just four years later, her message is more powerful than ever, as the former actress is owning her new role as the Duchess of Sussex.
“I am 33 years old today. And I am happy. And I say that so plainly because, well…it takes time. To be happy. To figure out how to be kind to yourself. To not just choose that happiness, but to feel it,” she wrote at the time.
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE