Meghan attends first official engagement with the Queen

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The Queen and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge as they attend their first joint engagement.

Meghan, 36, is passing another royal milestone, days after her first balcony appearance on Buckingham Palace on Saturday, during Trooping the Colour.

She and the Queen cut the ribbon to open the bridge over the Mersey and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the event.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex
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This is the first joint engagement for Meghan with the Queen
The Queen appeared to go green for Grenfell during the visit
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The Queen appeared to go green for Grenfell during the visit

The opening took place at the Catalyst Museum, which offers a bird’s eye view of the new crossing from the glass top observation gallery.

This is her first event without her husband, Prince Harry, by her side.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex

The Queen and Meghan arrived by Royal train before travelling by car to the bridge, a £1.86bn project, which should ease traffic between Runcorn and Widnes.

They were greeted by local dignitaries as the street around Runcorn station was lined by schoolchildren and well-wishers who waved flags and applauded as they arrived.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex
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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex

Queen Elizabeth wore a striking green outfit and hat for the event, as the country remembers the victims and survivors of the Grenfell tower fire by going green for Grenfell.

After the unveiling and ribbon cutting, Meghan and the Queen will watch a performance by local schoolchildren called Bringing Communities Together.

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Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Sussex

The pair will then go to Chester, 20 miles away, for further engagements.

They are due to attend the official opening of Storyhouse, a library, cinema and theatre complex, where they will have a tour of the building.

They will meet a Syrian settlement group engaged in craft work, and watch a performance by Fallen Angels, a dance theatre company for people who are recovering from addiction.

The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex attend an engagement together
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The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex attend an engagement together

In the theatre, they will see a medley of songs from Storyhouse’s latest production, A Little Night Music.

The Queen and Meghan will have lunch at Chester Town Hall, as guests of the City Council, concluding their visit.

Meghan married Prince Harry in Windsor in May and since then, has joined the royal family for Trooping the Colour, also known as the Queen’s birthday parade, and has announced her first royal tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to make an official visit to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga in the Autumn.

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