Queen Elizabeth II laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Queen Elizabeth II laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex shares a laugh with The Queen in sweet pics

This is Meghan's first engagement with The Queen and without husband Harry

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Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex was seen sharing a sweet moment with The Queen on their first royal engagement together.

The former actress joined Her Majesty in Cheshire on Thursday for a series of engagements, starting with the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Meghan, 36, was seated next to the 92-year-old monarch at a ceremony to mark the bridge’s opening, followed by a performance from local schoolchildren.

The Duchess Of Sussex Undertakes Her First Official Engagement With Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen was seen pointing something out to Meghan (Credit: Splash)

Meghan and The Queen were pictured deep in conversation, with The Queen pointing things out to the royal family’s newest member.

Former Suits star Meghan looked deep in concentration as she listened to the monarch.

The Duchess Of Sussex Undertakes Her First Official Engagement With Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan looked deep in concentration (Credit: Splash)

The royals were seated on a stage to watch schoolchildren perform a display called ‘Bringing Communities Together: Halton’s River Crossings Over The Ages’.

They were pictured laughing and smiling between them during the event.

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This is Meghan’s first engagement with The Queen (Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Meghan and The Queen arrived in Cheshire on Thursday morning after travelling overnight on the Royal Train.

After meeting architects, planners and community representatives at Mersey Gateway Bridge, the royals travelled to Chester for the second round of the day’s engagements.

The Queen, The Duchess of Sussex, monarch is accompanied by The Duchess on a visit to Cheshire on their first official Royal engagement together.
The Queen and Meghan arriving in Chester on Thursday (Credit: Wenn)

They will be given a tour of Storyhouse theatre and meet various groups of schoolchildren and performers, who will give them performances of their latest works and projects.

A plaque will be unveiled by The Queen.

The Queen and Meghan at Mersey Gateway Bridge (Credit: Splash)

Meghan and The Queen’s day will finish with lunch at Chester Town Hall, hosted by Chester City Council.

This is the first time Meghan has joined The Queen for an engagement, and the first time Meghan has undertaken an engagement without her husband, The Duke of Sussex.

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Meghan became a member of the royal family when she married Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19.

The newlyweds were gifted the titles The Duke and Duchess of Sussex by The Queen on their wedding day.

The Queen, The Duchess of Sussex, monarch is accompanied by The Duchess on a visit to Cheshire on their first official Royal engagement together
They arrived by train to Runcorn Station (Credit: Wenn)

Meghan and Harry have kept a low profile since their wedding, attending just two public events.

They were at a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 22 to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th birthday, and joined The Queen on the palace’s balcony over the weekend for Trooping The Colour.

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Trooping The Colour ceremony marking the Queen's 92nd Birthday
Harry and Meghan at Trooping The Colour on Saturday (Credit: Wenn.com)

It’s been rumoured the pair’s absence from the spotlight was because they were on honeymoon, although that has not been confirmed by Kensington Palace.

To protect the couple’s privacy, details of a honeymoon would not be released publicly, although destinations including Ireland, Canada and Africa were touted as strong possibilities.

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Harry and Meghan married on May 19 (Credit: Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Meghan and Harry, 33, will travel to Sydney, Australia, Fiji and Tonga this autumn, tying in with the launch of the fourth Invictus Games in Sydney in October.

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The games, founded by Harry, feature wounded military veterans competing in various sporting events.

It has been announced the 2020 Invictus Games will be held in the Netherlands.

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