The newest member of The Royal Family, the Duchess of Sussex, joined The Queen for a series of joint engagements in Chester on Thursday. Following Meghan’s marriage to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle last month, the former actress must now adjust to her new role as a royal. Thursday’s visit allowed The Queen to show her the ropes, and there is no better person to the Duchess her integrate into royal life.
On Wednesday night, both Meghan and The Queen boarded to royal train, which is quite the privilege considering even Princes William and Harry have never used the train in an official capacity. Early on Thursday, the pair were greeted by David Briggs, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire, while crowds gathered at the train station.
The Queen and The Duchess of Sussex being greeted at the train station by David Briggs. Photo Credit: @KensingtonRoyal Twitter.
The Queen stepped out in a green suit, while Meghan wore a beige belted Givenchy pencil skirt.
While in Chester, the duo attended the grand opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, where they met with architects and community representatives. Soon after, the royals watched a performance by local schoolchildren, before her Majesty officially opened the bridge.
The Royal pair enjoy a performance in Chester. Photo credit: @KensingtonRoyal Twitter.
From the bridge opening, the pair headed to Storyhouse where they visited a new theatre and library. During the tour, the royals observed a seventy-two second moment of silence, which paid tribute to the victims of the Greenfell Tower fire. The engagement also consisted of, The Queen and Meghan stopping to view a Syrian settlement group doing traditional craftwork after they watched another performance that consisted of a dance by Fallen Angels. Before heading to Chester Town Hall for a City Council lunch, they took in the production of A Little Night Music.
Meghan’s first solo engagement with the Queen went off without a hitch and there will likely be many more in the years to come.