Meghan Markle returns to wedding dress designer Givenchy for first solo outing with the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex are in Cheshire today for their debut joint engagement [Photo: Getty]

Today marks Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan Markle‘s debut royal engagement together, without Prince Harry in tow.

Her Majesty and the newly-crowned Duchess of Sussex arrived in Cheshire this morning after spending the night travelling by royal train – an invitation which has yet to be extended to the likes of Kate, William or Harry.

The Queen and Meghan Markle appeared to get on brilliantly [Photo: Getty]
Local schoolchildren were on hand to welcome the Queen and Duchess of Sussex to Cheshire [Photo: Getty]

Upon arrival at Runcorn Station, the regal duo were met by flag-bearing crowds eager to catch a glimpse of Meghan and her new grandmother-in-law’s joint appearance.

For their first engagement together – Meghan’s third post-wedding outing –  the former ‘Suits’ actress certainly dressed for her newfound royal role.

The 36-year-old returned to Givenchy – the label behind her iconic wedding gown – in a duchess-worthy cape-dress.

She accessorised the cream-hued look with a black clutch and belt (both Givenchy) and co-ordinating £265 heels by American designer Sarah Flint.

A full breakdown of Meghan’s look:

Meghan braved the wind with regal waves in her hair (reminiscent of the look she donned at Trooping the Colour 2018), in place of her now-trademark messy bun.

Meanwhile, the Queen dazzled in a lime-hued coat by her go-to designer Stewart Parvin and spring-ready floral dress. She finished the look with a hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan. 

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This is the first, full day trip Meghan has undertaken since the May 19 wedding ceremony therefore the nation’s debut glimpse of her new Buckingham Palace wardrobe.

Before Harry and Meghan tied the knot, she often eschewed royal tradition. For previous engagements, the duchess-in-waiting would don her now-famous messy bun with everything from protocol-breaking cross-body bags to that shoulder-bearing Altuzarra dress.

The newly-crowned Duchess of Sussex’s debut solo outing with the Queen mirrors the Duchess of Cambridge’s 2012 engagement [Photo: Getty]

In comparison to the Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan’s debut engagement comes just over a month after the royal wedding.

Kate on the other hand, joined Her Majesty on a solo outing during the Diamond Jubilee tour almost one year after she wed Prince William.

The Duchess of Cambridge made her debut solo outing with the Queen on March 8 2012 in Leicester [Photo: Getty]

During their visit, the pair will unveil the Mersey Gateway Bridge (a £1.86 million project) at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre. The royals will then be treated to a performance by local school children.

They will later depart by car for a 20-mile journey to Chester where they will officially open the Storyhouse Theatre on Hunter Street.

A fitting role for a previous actress, don’t you agree?

In the afternoon, the duo will observe the national minute’s silence to mark the Grenfell Tower fire anniversary, as a siren will sound outside Chester Town Hall.

Her Majesty will then enjoy a spot of well-deserved lunch with Meghan. Oh, what we would give for an invitation…

The first time Meghan was photographed alongside Her Majesty was on 25 December 2017, as Harry’s then-fiancée joined the royal family at their annual church service in Sandringham.

An invitation normally reserved for members of the family, the festive occasion hinted at the Queen’s fondness of Meghan. In recent months, she has continued to guide her through royal etiquette and protocol ever since.

Meghan Markle made her debut appearance alongside the Queen and other senior members of the royal family on 25 December 2017 [Photo: Getty]

Prince Charles’ former royal butler, Grant Harrold, told Yahoo Style UK: “What better person to do your first trip of this kind with than the Queen? It’s perfect.”

He added, “It’s not a joint thing, it’s not her and Harry. It’s just Meghan and the Queen so it will give her an amazing opportunity to spend time with the Queen in private and in public.” 

 

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