Britain’s Queen Elizabeth takes Meghan by train on first official trip without Harry

Meghan Markle, who married the queen's grandson in a glittering ceremony, will travel by the Royal Train to northwest England for a day of events.
Meghan Markle, who married the queen's grandson in a glittering ceremony, will travel by the Royal Train to northwest England for a day of events.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's newest royal Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will join Queen Elizabeth on Thursday (June 14) for her first official engagements without husband Prince Harry.

Meghan, who married the monarch's grandson in a glittering ceremony at her Windsor Castle home last month, will travel by the Royal Train to north-west England for a day of events.

While millions around the world watched the pomp and pageantry of her wedding, Thursday's visit will be more typical of the engagements that the former American actress, a star of the TV drama Suits, will carry out as a working member of the British royal family.

The Queen, 92 and Meghan, 36, will first officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a new toll bridge over the River Mersey and one of Britain's biggest infrastructure projects in recent years.

They will then travel to Chester to open the Storyhouse, a library, theatre and cinema complex in the city. They will also watch a dance performance and listen to songs performed by local schoolchildren before having lunch at the town hall.

Earlier this week, Harry's office announced that the Prince and Meghan would travel to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand later this year.