She may only have been a member of the royal family for a few weeks, but Meghan Markle is already getting stuck into working royal life, today carrying out a series of upcoming engagements with none other than the Queen herself.
The Duchess and the monarch have this morning arrived in Cheshire, after travelling overnight on the royal train, for a series of three engagements.
The pair looked relaxed and happy as they disembarked from their travels – and equally as stylish. Queen Elizabeth donned one of her trademark suits, in a vivid green, while Meghan opted for a simple cream Givenchy dress – the first time she’s worn the designer since choosing them to make her now world-famous wedding dress.
The pair first attended the opening Mersey Gateway Bridge, in Chester. They looked to be getting along like a house of fire, chatting and laughing as they sat down to watch a dance performance.
The royals also burst into a fit of giggles at one point!
Meghan and Queen Elizabeth will shortly head to the city’s Storyhouse theatre – a sweet nod to Meghan’s dramatic roots.
Then, the Queen and the Duchess will attend a lunch at Chester Town Hall, after a jam-packed morning of engagements.
Meghan’s Chester engagements mark the first time she has ever undergone a series of official royal duties without Prince Harry by her side – and the first time she has ever undertaken them with just Queen Elizabeth II.
Previously, the Duchess has been on engagements with the Queen – including a Commonwealth Day service. However, there, she was joined by other members of the royal family too.
Meghan has been invited on her first engagement with the Queen relatively quickly, by royal standards. In contrast, the Duchess of Cambridge didn’t head on her first official engagement with the Queen until almost a year after she and Prince William married. In March 2012, she joined the monarch at the Fortnum and Mason store in London. The pair were also joined by Prince Charles and Camilla.
It seems the Duchess of Sussex is keen to get stuck in to royal life then – and clearly, she’s learning from the best on her first solo engagement.
Meghan and Harry only recently returned from their two-week honeymoon, following their 19th May nuptials.
The couple attended the Trooping the Colour ceremony shortly after returning home, which is held in order to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. The newlyweds joined the rest of the family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
It’s certainly been a busy few weeks for Meghan!
FROM: Woman & Home, our sister site.