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Wednesday 5th August 2020

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joins The Queen for engagement in Cheshire

This marks Meghan's first engagement without husband Prince Harry

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex has accompanied The Queen on a royal engagement for the first time.

The former actress joined Her Majesty in Cheshire on Thursday for a packed day that will include opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Storyhouse Theatre.

The Queen and Meghan arriving in Chester on Thursday (Credit: Wenn)

They arrived at Runcorn Station on the overnight Royal Train to begin their busy day, which will conclude with a lunch at Chester Town Hall held by Chester City Council.

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

Their day will include meeting architects, planners and community representatives at Mersey Gateway Bridge and watching a performance by local schoolchildren called'Bringing Communities Together: Halton's River Crossings Over The Ages'.

The Queen will unveil a plaque at the bridge before the royals carry on to their second engagement of the day at the theatre.

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

They arrived by train to Runcorn Station (Credit: Wenn)

The Queen will also unveil a plaque at the theatre.

This is the first time Meghan has joined The Queen for an engagement, and the first time Meghan, 36, 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.

Meghan and Harry at Buckingham Palace three days after their wedding (Credit: Dominic Lipinski - Pool/Getty Images)

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.

Harry and Meghan at Trooping The Colour on Saturday (Credit:

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.

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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