Meg & Her Ma­jes­tee-hee-hee

Amaz­ing bond be­tween Queen, 92, and Duchess, 36

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - FRONT PAGE - BY RUSSELL MYERS

I thanked her for com­ing and she sweetly said, ‘You’re wel­come, I’m happy to be here’ CHESTER LO­CAL JO RICHARDS ON MEET­ING DUCHESS OF SUS­SEX

THE Queen’s ex­pres­sion clearly says “We Are Amused” as she shares a joke with Meghan Markle yes­ter­day.

The bond be­tween Her Majesty, 92, and new grand­daugh­ter-in-law the Duchess of Sus­sex, 36, was plain to see on their first royal out­ing.

Thousands cheered them dur­ing their visit to Cheshire and Meghan smiled as she told well­wish­ers Prince Harry was “the best hus­band ever” and be­ing mar­ried was “won­der­ful”.

The for­mer Suits ac­tress wowed the crowds in a fig­ure-hug­ging Givenchy dress and wore a set of pearl and di­a­mond stud ear­rings that were a gift from the monarch.

And royal sources said the Queen had cho­sen her green Ste­wart Parvin out­fit and Rachel Trevor Mor­gan hat to mark yes­ter­day’s one-year an­niver­sary of the Gren­fell Tower in­ferno.

The colour has been adopted by sur­vivors of the tragedy, in which 72 peo­ple died. And the royal pair showed fur­ther sol­i­dar­ity as they joined a minute’s si­lence for the disaster out­side the Sto­ry­house cul­tural cen­tre in Chester be­fore en­joy­ing some per­for­mances by school­child­ren.

Meghan trav­elled to Cheshire with the Queen overnight on the royal train – a priv­i­lege nor­mally only af­forded to Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla. And she showed no nerves in her new role dur­ing a busy day of events. Af­ter ar­riv­ing at Run­corn sta­tion, they were driven to nearby Widnes for Her Majesty to of­fi­cially open the £1.86bil­lion Mersey Gate­way bridge – which Meghan said was “mag­nif­i­cent”.

The next stop was the new Sto­ry­house cen­tre in Chester. They were cheered by crowds that had waited from as early as 7am to see the new­est mem­ber of the Royal Fam­ily.

Jo Richards, from Chester, said: “Meghan looked sim­ply per­fect, she is jaw-drop­pingly gor­geous. I thanked her for com­ing to Chester and she sweetly said, ‘You’re wel­come, I’m very happy to be here’. Then I asked her was she en­joy­ing mar­ried life and she said ‘Harry is the best hus­band’, she was so sweet.”

Sharon Briscoe, 61, from nearby Chirk, said she had asked to see Meghan’s wed­ding ring be­fore re­mark­ing on her stun­ning look at her Wind­sor nup­tials last month.

Mrs Briscoe said: “I was ac­tu­ally stunned by how beau­ti­ful she is in the flesh.

“I asked her how mar­ried life was and she said ‘won­der­ful’, and then I told her how gor­geous she looked at her wed­ding and her and Harry look made for each other, to which she replied ‘Thank you, that means so much to us both’. “It was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence, just won­der­ful.”

PRINCE Charles found somefin to laugh about in Cork yes­ter­day – just as his mother did seven years ago.

The heir to the throne met the man who made Queen El­iz­a­beth chuckle in 2011.

Only this time fish­mon­ger Pat O’con­nell tick­led his royal vis­i­tor with a salmon, not a monk­fish, at the city’s English Mar­ket.

Prince Charles said: “When I told the Queen we were go­ing to be vis­it­ing Cork she said, ‘You must go to the English Mar­ket, you will love it’.”

Charles’ wife Camilla added a flash of colour in a knee-length teal coat and drew com­pli­ments from royal ad­mir­ers.

But her hus­band en­joyed high praise too. Mar­got Ann Mur­phy, at the Roughty Foodie stall, in­stantly fell for the prince.

She said: “I said to him, ‘You are such a good-look­ing man’. He was thrilled. And Camilla had a smile from ear to ear – she was the cat that got the cream.”

An­other high­light of the visit was see­ing pup­pies at the Na­tional Guide Dog Train­ing Cen­tre.

A tri­colour and Union Flag flut­tered above the City Hall and crowds lined the streets as royal cars ar­rived in town.

Tanaiste and Cork South Cen­tral TD Simon Coveney also wel­comed Charles and Camilla to the City Hall. And he spoke of the long and of­ten fraught his­tory be­tween Ire­land and Eng­land.

But the prince said the fu­ture is brighter. He added: “To­day, we are not just neigh­bours, but old friends who, trag­i­cally, have trav­elled a trou­bled road.”

Mean­while, Prince Charles took a step back in time when he was taken around a recre­ated famine hut.

And he be­came the first Bri­tish royal to board an Irish naval ves­sel – the Wil­liam But­ler Yeats – when he vis­ited their Na­tional Mar­itime Col­lege HQ.

The pair salute crowds in Chester and do walk­a­bout SPARKLE Schoolkids at the bridge open­ing, Meghan chats to well­wish­ers in Chester and, right, her pearl and di­a­mond ear­rings Meghan and Queen joke at bridge open­ing

HUMBLING Charles at the famine home GREAT CATCH Pat, Charles, Camilla and Min­is­ter Coveney at the English Mar­ket, Cork yes­ter­day. Inset, Queen’s visit in 2011 HAT’S NICE Royal wel­come at the mar­ket SEA HEIR With schoolkids at the naval base

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