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A robotic welcome to Liverpool for Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge is used to shaking hands, but perhaps none quite like this....

Prince William was greeted with a robotic hand made by a 3D printer during a visit to the International Business Festival at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool.

The Duke of Cambridge shakes hands with a robotic hand made by a 3D printer. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

The Prince also got the chance to have a look around a driverless pod.

The Duke of Cambridge sits in a driverless pod during a visit to the International Business Festival at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

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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.

The dance troupe who overcame the odds to perform for the Queen

Members of a dance project which supports those recovering from addiction are preparing to perform for Her Majesty the Queen and the new Duchess of Sussex.

It's part of a royal tour of Cheshire today - the first joint engagement between the Queen and her new grandaughter-in-law.

They will officially open the new Storyhouse Theatre in Cheshire - a bespoke community performance space and library.

But how do you prepare for a royal visit?

Royal Visit: The Duchess of Sussex arrives for her first visit to the North of England

The Duchess of Sussex has arrived for her visit to the North of England Credit: PA

The duchess and the Queen were met by David Briggs MBE, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire after stepping off the train.

He told the duchess: "Welcome to Cheshire. I understand this is your first visit to northern England."

The duchess, wearing an outfit by Givenchy and clutching a handbag, replied: "That's right yes."

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