The Queen Not Only Loves, but Likes, Her New Black Daughter-in-law

The Queen, 92, showed how her bond with Meghan Markle, 36, has grown today as the pair laughed and chatted their way through a children’s theatre performance in Cheshire

The Duchess of Sussex showed her growing bond with the Queen today as the pair carried out their first official engagements together in Cheshire, just a month after her wedding.

Meghan, 36, and the monarch, 92, seemed to be getting on famously, with Meghan giggling and whispering into the Queen’s ear while watching a children’s performance at the opening of a new bridge across the River Mersey in Widnes.

The royal visitors were seen smiling and chatting to each other and to dignitaries as they watched youngsters dance to a seven-minute medley of music that included Edgar’s March Pomp and Circumstance and The Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love.

Today is the opportunity for Meghan to receive a masterclass from the Queen in how to conduct royal engagements.

It was around ten months after her own nuptials before the Duchess of Cambridge undertook a similar day of events – and will no doubt be viewed as a sign of royal confidence in the former actress.

The Queen has been on the throne for 66 years and has conducted tens of thousands of public engagements, shaking hundreds of thousands of hands along the way.

Former Suits star Meghan couldn’t resist sporting another creation by her wedding designer Givenchy for the visit, and looked elegant in the cream fitted dress with a cape feature at the shoulders, nipped in at the waist with a black belt, carrying a simple black bag by the same designer.

And in another sign of her growing friendship with the Queen, Harry’s wife sported a pair of delicate pearl earrings, given to her by the monarch as a gift.

Meanwhile, her Majesty was vibrant as ever in a lime green ensemble by Stewart Parvin and hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.

The former actress enjoyed an inaugural overnight trip on the Royal Train with the Queen, ahead of her first day of engagements with the monarch, and arrived at Runcorn Station this morning after travelling up from London with the head of state on the distinctive burgundy-liveried locomotive.

The Duchess of Sussex proved she's mastered the royal walkabout as she cooed over a baby and accepted a bunch of flowers from royal fans in Chester

The Queen and the Duchess visited the Storyhouse library in Chester where they mingled with locals who use the wide variety of services on offer

The Queen and the Duchess visited the Storyhouse library in Chester where they 
mingled with locals who use the wide variety of services on offer
The Queen and Meghan dropped in to see schoolchildren at the Storyhouse building in Chester, but at first the youngsters didn't seem to notice the visitors had arrived

Getting on famously! The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex shared a joke this morning as they watched a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge during their first official engagement together 
Getting on famously! The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex shared a joke this 
morning as they watched a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge during 
their first official engagement together
Growing confidence! Meghan seemed completely at ease as she chatted with the monarch

Her royal debut! The Duchess of Sussex looked animated as she chatted during her first official engagement with the Queen

The pair shared a joke during the opening ceremony, showing how a bond is clearly developing between the two women

The pair shared a joke during the opening ceremony, showing how a bond is clearly 
developing between the two women
Mirthful monarch! The Queen seemed in great spirits as she enjoyed her day out with Harry's new wife Meghan

The Duchess flashed her stunning engagement band as she shared a joke with the Queen during their first joint engagement 

The pair showed their lighthearted bond as they laughed together during an opening ceremony for the new Mersey Gateway Bridge

After spending the evening together as they travelled north on the Royal Train, Meghan and the monarch seemed to be getting on famously 

Meghan seemed completely at ease with the monarch and was seen giggling and whispering in her ear during the performance 

Her Majesty looked tickled by a performance by local schoolchildren celebrating 1,000 years of history of river crossings

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SOURCE: Daily Mail – Rebecca English, Siofra Brennan, and Martha Cliff