Meghan Markle joins Queen Elizabeth II on first royal trip without Harry

Reuters

Britain’s newest royal Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will join Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday for her first official engagements without husband Prince Harry.

Meghan, who married the monarch’s grandson in a glittering ceremony at her Windsor Castle home last month, will travel by the Royal Train to northwest England for a day of events.

While millions around the world watched the pomp and pageantry of her wedding, Thursday’s visit will be more typical of the engagements that the former American actress, a star of the TV drama “Suits,” will carry out as a working member of the British royal family.

The queen, 92, and Meghan, 36, will first officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a new toll bridge over the River Mersey and one of the U.K.’s biggest infrastructure projects in recent years.

They then will travel to Chester to open the Storyhouse, a library, theatre and cinema complex in the city, and watch a dance performance and listen to songs performed by local schoolchildren before having lunch at the town hall.

Earlier this week, Harry’s office announced that the prince and duchess would travel to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand later this year.