Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle make first joint trip without Prince Harry

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The newest member of The Royal Family, the Duchess of Sussex, joined The Queen for a series of joint engagements in Chester on Thursday.

In the caption, Kensington Palace explained that the two royals were "at the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge", watching local schoolchildren perform.

Why is this one-on-one visit a big deal?

She showcased an extraordinary bond with the Queen during their trip to Cheshire today, and if things continue this way Meghan could soon be using a nickname on the monarch.

Not long after Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, returned from their top-secret honeymoon in East Africa, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex stepped out for her first solo event with Queen Elizabeth II. The unveiling of the 1.86 billion pound project was followed by a performance from local school children.

The Duchess of Sussex has arrived in Cheshire, where she is joining the Queen for a day of engagements.

Fellow royal fan Sharon Briscoe, 61, asked to see Meghan's wedding ring before remarking on her stunning look at her Windsor wedding.

According to People, the royals met with architects, planners and community representatives at Mersey Gateway Bridge for its grand opening.

At the event with the Queen, Markle also accessorized her dress with a black clutch, belt and matching pointy pumps.

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

So, does the Queen have a soft spot for Meghan?

"We saw the Queen briefly and she looked a bit puzzled".

Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images We are amused.

McCartney also revealed she and Meghan worked "together" on the dress.

"Meghan was really nervous walking down the aisle".

Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images Meghan meets a little well-wisher.

"It seemed to reflect her desire to get it all right in terms of protocol with the Queen and it was good to see how the Queen relaxed her own body language to put Meghan more at ease".

"That's correct", she replied, "I'm very happy to be here".

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