NEW royal bride Meghan the Duchess of Sussex will accompany the Queen at a series of events in England as she launches into life as a full-time member of the royal family.
In an extraordinary vote of confidence in the new duchess, Queen Elizabeth invited her to join her aboard the royal train for an overnight trip to Cheshire, in northwest England.
The pair is due to embark on a series of public events including a rare walkabout, to meet members of the public.
The decision by Queen Elizabeth, 92, to invite the Duchess to join her, less than a month after her wedding to Prince Harry, shows the royal family has no hesitation in using the confident and poised Meghan for public appearances.
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Prince William’s wife Catherine didn’t join the Queen on an outing until almost a year after her 2011 marriage, when she travelled to Leicester with the Queen and Prince Philip.
The pair’s first event after disembarking the royal train will be to formally open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, a six-lane tollway which has formed part of one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects in years.
Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 92nd birthday with the annual “Trooping of the Color” military parade. It was the first time Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle had attended the Queen’s birthday together.
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They are due to meet the architects and watch local schoolchildren perform before the Queen unveils a plaque to declare the bridge (which has been open to traffic since October last year) open.
They are then scheduled to visit the Storyhouse cultural centre in Chester, to meet a group helping Syrian refugees, watch a performance by a dance theatre group for people recovering from addictions, and inspect a new children’s library.
They will then take a short walk along the streets of Chester to the local town hall, where they will attend a council lunch.
Meghan and Prince Harry are believed to have been honeymooning in Ireland after their spectacular wedding at Windsor on May 19 but returned to work last week, with both appearing on the Buckingham Palace balcony on Saturday for the Trooping the Colour parade to mark the Queen’s 92nd birthday.
It is rare for one of the young royals alone to accompany the Queen on a day’s outing, and even more unusual for one to be invited on the royal train, with British royal watchers unable to recall Prince Harry, Prince William or his wife Catherine ever joining the Queen on board.
Originally published as Queen’s big vote of confidence in Meghan