Duchess Meghan makes first joint appearance with Queen
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:46PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 14, 2018 3:09PM EDT
LONDON - The former Meghan Markle made her first joint appearance with Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, taking a special royal train to events in northwestern England.
The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex, as Markle is now known, joined the rest of Britain in observing a minute of silence at midday to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire on the anniversary of the deadly London blaze.
Aside from that sombre moment, the day was filled with smiles and cheers as the 92-year-old monarch and 36-year-old former actress paired up.
They wore contrasting colours, the duchess choosing a cream Givenchy pencil dress and the Queen in a lime green coat-dress and matching hat. The duchess was also wearing diamond-and-pearl earrings that were a gift from the Queen.
The Queen seemed comfortable in the company of Britain's newest senior royal, and the two shared a few smiles on their first travelling engagement together.
Their first stop featured a performance by local schoolchildren in the town of Widnes, near Liverpool. It was followed by events including the unveiling of a plaque to officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge.