Queen Elizabeth takes Meghan by train on first solo royal trip

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s newest royal Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will join Queen Elizabeth on Thursday for her first official engagements without husband Prince Harry.

FILE PHOTO: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in London. Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters

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 northwest 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.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth takes part in the Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

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 the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects in recent years.

They then will travel to Chester to open the Storyhouse, a library, theatre and cinema complex in the city, and to 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.

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

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