The Duchess and the Queen look super chummy as they share more than a few laughs during Meghan’s first solo outing on Thursday.
This is the first occasion the Queen has taken Meghan, the new Duchess of Sussex, on an official visit without Prince Harry.
The two travelled together on the royal train to the English county of Cheshire, where they were met with a waiting car and driven to the first location on their agenda: Mersey Gateway Bridge. The Royals met with architects, planners and community members to discuss the new six lane toll bridge over the River Mersey. They also watched a performance by local school children before Elizabeth formally unveiled a plaque, declaring the bridge open.
The two then departed, heading to the Storyhouse, where they met with a Syrian settlement group, watched a dance performance by Fallen Angels dance company as well as a musical performance of A little Night Music, a running production.
The pair then took a walk along the streets of Chester before enjoying a council lunch at the local town hall.
The outing is seen as a way for the Queen to help immerse Meghan into the daily engagements that will make up her life as a royal. A solo outing this soon is rare – Kate Middleton didn’t join the Queen for an outing until nearly a year after her wedding to Prince William. Meghan’s outing comes less than a month after she tied the knot with Prince harry.
This is Meghan’s second outing since returning from her quiet honeymoon with her husband. The location has yet to be disclosed, but many are speculating that the possible destinations include Ireland, South Africa and Namibia. The two honeymooned for two weeks.
Next, we’ll see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex embark on their royal tour in the fall, where they will travel to Australia, Fiji, The kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand. It was confirmed that the tour will coincide with the Invictus games which will run from October 20-27.Meghan MarklePrince HarryQueen ElizabethRoyals