MEGHAN Markle has today revealed she is “very happy” as she joined The Queen for her first day as a royal without Prince Harry by her side.
The 36-year-old actress looked relaxed as she stepped off the train with the 92-year-old monarch in Cheshire.
Meghan Markle smiled as the Queen as they arrived for their trip to Cheshire today
The Duchess of Sussex looked regal in a neutral dress by Givenchy paired with black accessories, standing demurely behind her new grandmother-in-law.
But the Queen herself made sure to stand out – donning a bright green dress for the day out.
The pair were greeted as they arrived at the blustery platform at Runcorn station this morning, with Meghan admitting it was her first time in the North of England, saying: “I’m very happy to be here.”
They were welcomed with polite handshakes and curtsies from local dignitaries including David Briggs MBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire – and wild cheering and applause from hundreds of flag-waving schoolchildren.
MCPIX Ltd 07778 526193 Meghan Markle appeared to be relaxed, despite not having Prince Harry by her side
Zenpix Prince Harry’s new wife seemed excited to greet cheering fans
Meghan wore a regal Givenchy design for her first day out as a royal without Prince Harry
Meghan stood demurely by The Queen’s side as they greeted local dignitaries
WENN Meghan followed the Queen into a waiting car
But there appeared to be a little bit of confusion as Meghan and The Queen were ushered to the waiting car.
The US actress could be seen speaking to the monarch about who should get in first – with Meghan hopping in first.
The pair had travelled by Royal Train overnight, with the Queen said to prefer making long-distance journeys overnight.
Meghan will get plenty of quality time with her new grandmother-in-law, before officially opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Widnes and the Storyhouse cultural centre in Chester.
WENN Crowds of cheering fans waved at the royal pair as they arrived in Cheshire today
The Queen arrived in Cheshire with Meghan Markle
The Queen was greeted after arriving by Royal Train
The royal pair will watch a performance by a dance company called Fallen Angels, which runs for recovering addicts.
Next on the agenda is a medley of songs from the Storyhouse’s latest production A Little Night Music, and then they will see local schoolkids perform songs with actors from Swallows and Amazons.
They will also enjoy a slap-up lunch at Chester Town Hall to conclude their outing together.
Security was tight as the pair arrived in Cheshire this morning, with snipers spotted on rooftops.
Reuters Snipers were on hand to ensure the security of the royal pair today
Royal fans have flocked to the streets in Cheshire to catch a glimpse of the royals
Excited royal fans made sure to get the best spot to see the Queen and Meghan
Many kids were excited to see the royals
Royal fans had already flocked to the streets of Cheshire with Union Jack flags in anticipation of seeing the pair.
Many young locals had made their way onto the street in anticipation for the royal arrival, with many waving Union Jack flags.