Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex at the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge in Cheshire Source: PA

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex on Thursday visited Cheshire for their first royal engagement together.

Her Majesty and newly-married Meghan officially opened the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre.

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They also attended a lunch at Chester Town Hall as guests of the city council.

It is the first time the duchess has attended an event with the Queen without her husband Prince Harry.

Thousands of people were already waiting at the venues hours before the royal pair arrived, with stalls set up on the streets selling flags and souvenirs.

The Queen and duchess were greeted by hundreds of cheering schoolchildren as they stepped off the royal train at Runcorn station.

Abigail Grimes, a pupil at Runcorn’s Beechwood Primary School, was chosen to present the duchess with a posy of flowers as it was the youngster’s fifth birthday. Meghan nodded and thanked her for the gift.

The Queen, wearing a green outfit by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, was given flowers by Jack Jackson, 10, from St Michael’s Catholic Primary School in Widnes.