Meghan Markle and the Queen arrive in Chester for first public appearance together without Harry
Newlywed Meghan Markle has arrived in Chester with the Queen.
The Duchess of Sussex will visit the Cheshire town for a day of engagements – including the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Storyhouse in Chester – without Prince Harry.
The royal duo arrived at Runcorn Station by Royal Train before departing by car for the bridge, where they will be introduced to architects, planners and community representatives.
Local schoolchildren will then perform ‘Bringing Communities Together: Halton’s river crossings over the ages’ before the Queen will unveil a plaque marking the opening.
The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex will then depart by car for Storyhouse in Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building to visit the children’s library, stopping to meet a Syrian settlement group engaged in craft work.
The Royal party will watch a performance by ‘Fallen Angels’, a dance theatre company for people in recovery from addiction, then head to the theatre to see a medley of songs from Storyhouse’s latest production, ‘A Little Night Music.’
On the ground floor they will see schoolchildren from local primary schools perform songs alongside actors from ‘Swallows and Amazons.’
Her Majesty will unveil a plague to mark the official opening of Storyhouse.
The Queen and The Duchess will then walk to Chester Town Hall where they will attend a lunch as guests of Chester City Council, which will mark the conclusion of their visit to Cheshire.
As the royal duo arrived at Runcorn station, they were greeted by crowds of excited schoolchildren proudly showing off their Union Jack flags, buntings and smiles.
Children from local schools lined up in the street before the Queen made her way through, followed by Meghan.
The Queen and Duchess of Sussex then departed by car to travel to Mersey Gateway Bridge, which the monarch is officially opening.
Her Majesty’s outfit is by Stewart Parvin and has previously been worn in France D Day and Ireland state visits.
The Queen’s hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, while the Duchess’s outfit is by Givenchy.
Slideshow: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with Queen Elizabeth II in Cheshire (Provided by Microsoft GES)