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Queen and new Duchess of Sussex visit Cheshire

Her Majesty the Queen and her new daughter-in-law are carrying out their first joint royal engagement since the Duchess of Sussex wed Prince Harry.

The royal party will open both the Mersey Gateway Bridge at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes and the Storyhouse Theatre in Chester.

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Duchess of Sussex chooses Givenchy for Cheshire visit

Duchess of Sussex in her Givenchy dress alongside The Queen in Cheshire Credit: PA Images

The Duchess of Sussex turned to Givenchy to create the outfit for her all-important first joint engagement with the Queen.

Meghan, whose elegant pure white wedding dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, wore a neutral fitted belted pencil dress, featuring an unusual cape shoulder detail.

The Queen, who is known for her signature bright block colours and matching hats, wore a spring green coat by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.

Meghan, in contrast, did not wear a hat, and wore her hair down.

The monarch and her new granddaughter-in-law, who wed the Duke of Sussex less than a month ago, arrived by royal train at Runcorn station to begin the day's engagements before departing by car for the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

While the Queen carried her trademark black Launer handbag on her arm, Meghan held a clutch bag in her hand.

The monarch was wearing gloves, as she usually does when out and about shaking hands with the public on royal engagements.

But the duchess was without gloves.

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