Meghan delighted on first trip ‘up north’ as she steps out with The Queen (Photos)

MEGHAN Markle has shared a giggle with The Queen – appearing in good spirits for her first royal engagement without Prince Harry by her side.

The 36-year-old former actress looked relaxed as she was this morning shown the ropes by the 92-year-old monarch.

 Meghan Markle and The Queen appeared to be getting along famously for their first official trip together

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Meghan Markle and The Queen appeared to be getting along famously for their first official trip together

The pair even shared a joke as they were seated for their first event – appearing to get along extremely well.

And there’s no one better for Meghan to learn royal lessons from than The Queen, who has attended thousands of public engagements during her 66 years on the throne.

The trip is a show of confidence in Meghan, with the Duchess of Cambridge doing a similar event ten months after her marriage to Prince William.

The Queen especially seemed happy to have Meghan by her side, sharing a laugh with the newest member of the royal family.

Meghan Markle delighted on first trip ‘up north’ as she steps out with The Queen in Cheshire
 Meghan took to her new role extremely well today, smiling and chatting to young children waiting to meet her

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Meghan took to her new role extremely well today, smiling and chatting to young children waiting to meet her
 Meghan glowed as she took to her new role, having previously said she wanted to hit the ground running

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Meghan glowed as she took to her new role, having previously said she wanted to hit the ground running
 Meghan may be the newest member to the royal family but she appeared to be very at ease

Meghan may be the newest member to the royal family but she appeared to be very at ease
 Meghan seemed very at ease - bursting out laughing as the Queen gave a knowing smile

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Meghan seemed very at ease – bursting out laughing as the Queen gave a knowing smile
 The Queen and Meghan shared a joke together for their first day out together

The Queen and Meghan shared a joke together for their first day out together

Today is a crash course in British culture for the American, who admitted today’s trip was her first time to the North of England.

Following in the Queen’s footsteps as she greeted local dignitaries, Meghan told them: “I’m very happy to be here.”

Meghan and The Queen had been welcomed at Runcorn station with polite handshakes and curtsies from local dignitaries including David Briggs MBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire.

They were met with wild cheering and applause from hundreds of flag-waving schoolchildren – with Meghan taking to her new role effortlessly.

 Meghan Markle appeared to be relaxed, despite not having Prince Harry by her side

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Meghan Markle appeared to be relaxed, despite not having Prince Harry by her side
 Meghan Markle smiled as the Queen as they arrived for their trip to Cheshire today

Meghan Markle smiled as the Queen as they arrived for their trip to Cheshire today
 Meghan Markle chatted happily to the Queen after the pair travelled overnight by Royal Train together

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Meghan Markle chatted happily to the Queen after the pair travelled overnight by Royal Train together
 Meghan Markle and the Queen appeared to be getting along extremely well, sharing a joke as they sat side by side

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Meghan Markle and the Queen appeared to be getting along extremely well, sharing a joke as they sat side by side

The Duchess of Sussex looked regal in a neutral dress by Givenchy paired with black accessories, standing demurely behind her new grandmother-in-law.

Meghan stunned in the neutral fitted belted pencil dress, featuring an unusual cape shoulder detail.

But she chose to have her hair down and forgo gloves for the day out.

The Queen herself made sure to stand out –  with today no exception to her love of signature bright block colours and matching hats.

The monarch donned a bright green dress by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan for the day.

 The Queen seemed to be in a good mood for the day out with her new family member

The Queen seemed to be in a good mood for the day out with her new family member
 Meghan appeared to be animated as she chatted to locals for the trip

Meghan appeared to be animated as she chatted to locals for the trip
 Meghan and The Queen appeared to have become quite close

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Meghan and The Queen appeared to have become quite close
 Prince Harry's new wife seemed excited to greet cheering fans

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Prince Harry’s new wife seemed excited to greet cheering fans
 Meghan Markle shows off her wedding and engagement ring after tying the knot with Prince Harry in May

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Meghan Markle shows off her wedding and engagement ring after tying the knot with Prince Harry in May
 Meghan seemed delighted as she was given some flowers on her arrival

Meghan seemed delighted as she was given some flowers on her arrival
 The newest member of the royal family appeared happy as she was taken for her first tour

The newest member of the royal family appeared happy as she was taken for her first tour
 Meghan wore a regal Givenchy design for her first day out as a royal without Prince Harry

Meghan wore a regal Givenchy design for her first day out as a royal without Prince Harry
 Meghan stood demurely by The Queen's side as they greeted local dignitaries

The Queen arrived in Cheshire with Meghan Markle
 The Queen was greeted after arriving by Royal Train, having travelled overnight for the visit

The Queen was greeted after arriving by Royal Train, having travelled overnight for the visit

Later today, the royal pair will watch a performance by a dance company called Fallen Angels, which runs for recovering addicts.

Next on the agenda is a medley of songs from the Storyhouse’s latest production A Little Night Music, and then they will see local schoolkids perform songs with actors from Swallows and Amazons.

They will also enjoy a slap-up lunch at Chester Town Hall to conclude their outing together.

Security was tight as the pair arrived in Cheshire this morning, with snipers spotted on rooftops.

 Snipers were on hand to ensure the security of the royal pair today

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Snipers were on hand to ensure the security of the royal pair today
 Police lined the streets ahead of the royal arrival

Police lined the streets ahead of the royal arrival
 Meghan and the Queen travelled by the Royal Train overnight, waking up in Cheshire this morning

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Meghan and the Queen travelled by the Royal Train overnight, waking up in Cheshire this morning
 The train's saloon is the epitome of extravagance with its blue and gold theme

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The train’s saloon is the epitome of extravagance with its blue and gold theme
 Edward VII's smoking room is modelled on traditional gentlemen's clubs

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Edward VII’s smoking room is modelled on traditional gentlemen’s clubs
 The Queen with Prince Andrew (right) and Prince Edward (centre) in a compartment of the Royal Train before departure from London in December 1965

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The Queen with Prince Andrew (right) and Prince Edward (centre) in a compartment of the Royal Train before departure from London in December 1965
 This carriage was used by Edward VII

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This carriage was used by Edward VII
 Edward and Alexandra wanted this saloon so he could work while she relaxed in the same carriage

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Edward and Alexandra wanted this saloon so he could work while she relaxed in the same carriage
 Royal fans have flocked to the streets in Cheshire to catch a glimpse of the royals

Royal fans have flocked to the streets in Cheshire to catch a glimpse of the royals
 Excited royal fans made sure to get the best spot to see the Queen and Meghan

Excited royal fans made sure to get the best spot to see the Queen and Meghan
 Many kids were excited to see the royals

Many kids were excited to see the royals

Meghan seemed excited to greet the fans who had gathered on the streets – smiling happily as she followed The Queen.

Grange Hill and Brookside creator Phil Redmond and wife Alexis, the High Sheriff of Cheshire, were among those gathered to greet the royals.

Mr Redmond joked he should have asked Meghan if she wanted a part in his soap Hollyoaks.

He said: “I didn’t ask her, but there’s still lunch yet. She’ll have to go through the audition process like everybody else.”

Mrs Redmond said: “It’s fantastic to have them here and it’s a big day for Cheshire.”

Royal fans had already flocked to the streets of Cheshire with Union Jack flags in anticipation of seeing the pair.

Birthday girl Abigail Grimes, aged five today, a pupil at Beechwood Primary School in Runcorn, was chosen to present the duchess with a posy of flowers, the royal visitors nodding and thanking the youngster for her gift.

The Queen was given a posy by Jack Jackson, aged 10, from St Michael’s Catholic Primary School in Widnes.

Meghan was treated to a trip on The Royal Train to travel to Cheshire – an honour as it is understood that even Prince Harry and Kate Middleton have not had a ride onboard.

The locomotive was launched in 1842 when Queen Victoria was on the throne and even puts the Orient Express to shame with its stunning smoking room with ornate gold fittings.

Described as “Buckingham Palace on wheels”, the sumptuous train was brought into service because Victoria disliked travelling by coach.  (The Sun)

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