'I'm very happy to be here': Meghan and the Queen step out

Rosalie Gross
June 15, 2018

Thursday's trip to Cheshire proved to be a success for the Queen and Meghan, and royal watchers were delighted to see just how close the pair seemed. A low and slow curtsy is recommended for addressing the monarch.

Meghan and her new grandmother-in-law appear to be having a good time together on their first solo outing.

A palace source says Meghan's balcony position "would have come from her".

The queen worked one side of the street, greeting well-wishers, while the duchess walked down the other side, chatting with residents and showing her wedding ring to a small group of well-wishers. Prince Philip always walks three paces behind her, a protocol the Duchess followed throughout the day.

The Queen then stepped back and allowed Meghan into the vehicle, as she followed closely behind.

Lisa Sanders waited with her daughter Sarah to see the royals, and was rewarded with a chance to meet Meghan in person.

Queen Elizabeth II is greeted with Meghan Duchess of Sussex as they arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge
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She also had the rare privilege of being invited to travel on the Royal Train with the Queen - something typically reserved for the senior members of the Royal Family like Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The close bond between the Queen and Meghan became apparent when the pair sat down at a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Proving she loves neutral cream and blush colours, Meghan opted for a slim-fitting midi dress with covered shoulders by Givenchy, the designer of her wedding dress. The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. But never her pet name Lillibet, which is reserved for very close family and friend'. "At one point they chuckled together like naughty schoolgirls".

"The Queen would have been a relaxing factor in terms of her body language".

Speaking to Grazia she said that after Your Majesty: 'it is Ma'am, thrown into conversation as many times as possible'.

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