Meghan Markle shines in her first solo appearance with the Queen

Trooping the Colour Meghan Markle and Princess Diana

GETTYPrincess Diana's first experience of Trooping the Colour was very different to Meghan Markle's

However, perhaps indicative of how she is learning the royal ropes, the Duchess of Sussex awkwardly required the Queen's help when a tricky protocol moment threatened to derail the joyous trip.

Mr Curphey, 32, who met the Royals after the performance, said: "The Queen said she thoroughly enjoyed it and it was lovely to see the history of the bridge on the videos".

Ingrid Seward, of Majesty magazine, said when formalities are over, Meghan can call the queen something else.

During her walkabout in Chester with the Queen, royal fan Jo Richards asked the former Suits actress about married life.

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She stepped off looking super stylish in a cream design which featured a cape detail over her shoulders with a rounded neck, finished off with a black belt around her waist.

Meanwhile the Queen wore a spring green coat by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.

There is also a more informal nickname which was adopted by Prince Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, which Meghan may use in time.

Meghan Markle was pictured arriving in Cheshire with the Queen Thursday morning as the pair prepared for their day of royal engagements together. Meghan appeared unsure who was supposed to get into the vehicle first, so she asked the Queen, "What is your preference?" It was to be followed by events including the unveiling of a plaque to officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

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The earrings the Duchess of Sussex wore on her visit to Cheshire were a touching gift from her new grandmother-in-law, the Queen.

The Queen's train dates back to 1977, when it was used extensively for the Silver Jubilee. Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to ride a train, in 1842, and quickly understood its usefulness.

This was the first time the Duchess has attended an engagement without her 33-year-old husband by her side but she seemed to be at ease as she accompanied the queen. In 2016, the train cost £800,000 ($1.1 million) to run and maintain.

The Duchess then climbed in first.

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