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Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan Markle visit Cheshire on first joint outing

9Honey logo 9Honey 14/06/2018 Kahla Preston
Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle posing for the camera © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan Markle have been seen sharing a laugh during their first joint royal engagement, a visit to Cheshire, UK.

The pair travelled to the northwestern city of Chester aboard the Royal Train overnight, arriving at Runcorn Station on Thursday morning.

Meghan Markle wearing a hat © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd

The 'away day' marks Meghan's first official engagement without her husband Prince Harry by her side.

The Duchess of Sussex, 36, is wearing an oat-coloured caped dress by Givenchy, teamed with a black belt and heels.

Meghan Markle taking a selfie © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd

Her Majesty, 92, is in a vivid green coat dress - sticking to her tradition of wearing bright hues - with a matching hat.

The pair are accompanied by Samantha Cohen, the Australian-born royal adviser who was recently appointed Prince Harry and Meghan's private secretary.

Elizabeth II et al. posing for the camera © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Elizabeth II et al. posing for the camera © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd

Following their arrival at the station, where schoolchildren presented them with bouquets, Queen and Meghan headed to Widnes to open the Mersey Gateway Bridge by cutting a ribbon and unveiling a plaque. 

The pair appeared to chat animatedly while watching a performance by local schoolchildren.

Elizabeth II wearing a hat © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Meghan Markle, Elizabeth II are posing for a picture © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd

Following the bridge opening, the duo will travel to Chester to open the Storyhouse theatre before attending a lunch at the city's town hall.

They are also expected to take part in a walk-about in the CBD, and will observe a minute's silence at noon for the first anniversary of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.

A heavy police presence has been reported in Chester as locals line the streets ahead of the royal pair's appearance.

Royal sources say Queen Elizabeth has been making a concerted effort to help the Royal Family's latest member feel welcome.

“It feels like a team effort with many of the family making themselves available to help Meghan, and that includes the Queen," a courtier tells Vanity Fair.

Meghan's invitation to travel on the Royal Train with the monarch is said to be a rare privilege, as it is typically reserved for the senior members of the Royal Family.

Royal commentator Omid Scobie believes the pair would have enjoyed breakfast in the train's 12-seater dining room before commencing their official outing.

Pictures: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with Queen Elizabeth II in Cheshire

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