Meghan Markle Makes Her First Solo Outing With the Queen: See the Photos

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Queen Elizabeth II sits with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018.

On Thursday morning (June 14), Meghan Markle stepped out with Queen Elizabeth II for her first outing as a member of the royal family without Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Sussex and Her Majesty arrived in Chester to for a set of engagements, where they were met with a crowd of spectators waiting for their arrival. According to Vanity Fair, the Queen personally asked the new Duchess to join her for the occasion. 

First up on the pair’s itinerary was a ceremony commemorating the opening of a new toll bridge, the Mersey Gateway Bridge over the River Mersey. After a performance by local school children to honor the occasion, the Queen officiated the opening of the bridge with a plaque. 

Markle and the Queen also visited a new theater in the Chester town center and observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Grenfell tower fire on the incident’s one year anniversary. This was followed by a couple more performances, including one inside of the new theater. The day concluded with the Duchess and Queen Elizabeth II being guests of honor for a lunch at the Chester City Council.

While this was not Markle’s first public sighting since she married into the royal family on May 19, her first solo outing with the Queen came with its own set of protocol. Per royal rules, she followed suit by walking a step behind Her Majesty and positioning herself to the left of crowds when the Queen went right.