Meghan Markle makes first official event appearance with Queen Elizabeth II at the 2018 Commonwealth Celebration.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to wed on May 19, 2018, at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for what is the most anticipated wedding of the year. Now that Markle is set to join the Royal Family come this May, she has been making many appearances with Prince Harry, Prince William, and the Duchess. However, Meghan has yet to make an official appearance alongside the Queen, until now.
Markle attended the Commonwealth Day celebration, which honors a group of 53 nations that make up the Commonwealth, at Westminster Abbey in London. The former Suits actress attended the event with fiancé Prince Harry and other members of the Royal Family, including the Queen herself.
Markle sported a gorgeous off-white coat and hat, and was seated directly behind her majesty throughout the celebration. According to NBC news, “she is already effectively being treated as a full-blown member of the royal family, even if she hasn’t married Prince Harry yet,” said Roya Nikkah, royal correspondent for The Sunday Times newspaper.
Once the ceremony was over, the Queen was the first to exit the Abbey after being greeted by young children offering her majesty with a lovely bouquet of flowers. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge exited the church next, also being greeted by flag holders of the various countries that make up the Commonwealth.
Next out were Meghan and Prince Harry! Meghan Markle, who was also greeted by a young girl with a bouquet of flowers, knelt down to speak with the young girl and shake her hand. The sweet girl even went as far as to curtsey to Markle, who acknowledged the act with a smile. Although kneeling or bowing to Markle is not necessary, the act of curtseying which is a sign of respect, goes to show just how much the British public has embraced her as a member of the Royal Family.
The royal-to-be was all smiles during the celebration, and seems more ready than ever to take on the role of a future princess!