Meghan And The Queen Have A Ball On First Royal Tour
It was a case of "No Harry, no worries" for the new duchess' solo debut.
When we first heard that the Queen and Meghan Markle were set to step out on their first royal tour together we were pumped -- like PUMPED -- for June 14 to roll around. Most of all we were excited for the newly minted Duchess of Sussex to make her solo debut sans hubby Harry.
By all accounts the duchess was nothing less than poised, elegant and entirely regal for her day visit with Her Majesty to Chester in the country's northwest. We feel a little bit like a proud parent right now. You go, girl.
Meghan and her new grandmother-in-law, the Queen, made the 320-kilometre journey from London to Chester's Runcorn station via royal train because -- yes of course -- the royal family have their own royal train.
The travelling twosome arrived at their destination -- the Duchess in fawn-coloured Givenchy while Her Highness opted for a brilliant lime green coat -- to greet city officials looking fresh and flawless.
Meghan, 36, did look a little nervous as she disembarked the train but rest assured she quickly found her feet, so to speak. We like to think that the Queen gave her a little pep talk beforehand. She has spent 66 years on the throne after all.
We think we know their little secret to looking so fab after a four-hour train ride. It's pretty smart. The duo reportedly began their journey the evening before and spent the night on board as the Queen often does. Sleepover!
A good night's rest was an excellent idea considering their jam-packed schedule. The royal's flying visit involved three engagements across Chester -- two official openings and a lunch. Far from showing any signs of fatigue the adorable pair seemed to be having an absolute blast.
They laughed and whispered to one another while they watched a performance by local school kids at the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge. We are just dying to know what they're chuckling about. Care to share the joke, Liz?
It wasn't just us who couldn't get enough of the royal tourists. The streets of Chester city were flooded with crowds of well-wishers who showered Meghan and the Queen in gifts of flowers, British flags and handwritten notes.
The duchess surprised onlookers -- and us -- by opening up about what it's like to be married to Prince Harry. And by the sounds of it she certainly spoke from the heart. What a treat!
After the bridge opening outside of the city centre in Widnes the pair traveled back into the heart of Chester to open the Storyhouse Theatre on Hunter Street. They rounded out their busy day with a much-needed lunch at Chester Town Hall. Phew!
Eagle-eyed royal watchers were quick to note Meghan's classic diamond and pearl earrings. Were they a special 'solo debut' gift from the Queen herself? They certainly look similar to one of her own pairs.
The jewellery gift could be a sign that Meghan and the Queen's relationship is closer than ever -- if those snaps of them giggling aren't enough proof. We wonder when Megs will start calling the Queen by her reported nickname -- "mama," which is in itself a familiar form of the more formal "ma'am."
What a way for Prince Harry's new bride to round out an eventful few months. On May 19 she tied the knot with said prince in a fairy tale ceremony then three days later made her first official royal appearance at her father-in-law Prince Charles' birthday bash.
Shortly after she and Haz managed to slip away for what we just know was a super-romantic honeymoon -- in Canada? Africa? Give us a hint, you two! -- then pop up again, all glowing and refreshed, for the Queen's birthday celebrations.
Meghan should give herself a pat on the back for totally nailing her debut tour with Her Majesty. We suspect she'll also have a big fan in her husband Harry who was no doubt thinking of her the whole day. Bring on the the Queen and the duchess' next royal road trip and fast.
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