The Queen and Duchess of Sussex are in Cheshire for their first royal engagement together. Her Majesty and newly-married Meghan are officially opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Chester's Storyhouse Theatre، according to "BBC". They will then attend a lunch at Chester Town Hall as guests of the city council. It is the first time the duchess has attended an event with the Queen without her husband Prince Harry. Thousands of people were already waiting at the venues hours before the royal pair arrived، with stalls set up on the streets selling flags and souvenirs. The Queen and duchess were greeted by hundreds of cheering schoolchildren as they stepped off the royal train at Runcorn station. Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs MBE، who welcomed Meghan as she left the train، said: "Welcome to Cheshire. I understand this is your first visit to northern England." The duchess، wearing a cream outfit by Givenchy، replied: "That's right yes." Abigail Grimes، a pupil at Runcorn's Beechwood Primary School، was chosen to present the duchess with a posy of flowers as it was the youngster's fifth birthday. The Queen، wearing a green outfit by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan، was given flowers by Jack Jackson، 10، from St Michael's Catholic Primary School in Widnes. Grange Hill and Brookside creator Phil Redmond and wife Alexis، the High Sheriff of Cheshire، were among those gathered to greet the royals. Mr Redmond joked he should have asked Meghan if she wanted a part in his soap Hollyoaks. "I didn't ask her، but there's still lunch yet. She'll have to go through the audition process like everybody else." Mrs Redmond said: "It's fantastic to have them here and it's a big day for Cheshire."