The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex visited Cheshire for a day of engagements, including the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Storyhouse in Chester, on June 14th. This is the Duchess’ first engagement without Prince Harry, coming less than a month after their wedding.
The Queen and Duchess travelled through the night from London on the Royal Train, arriving at Runcorn Station before making their way towards the Mersey Gateway Bridge. On arrival, they were introduced to architects, planners and community representatives before viewing the bridge and watching a performance by local school children called ‘Bringing Communities Together: Halton’s river crossings over the ages.’ Upon conclusion, the Queen unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the bridge.
Next, the Queen and Duchess of Sussex visited the Storyhouse in Chester, where they were taken on a tour of the building to visit the children’s library, stopping to meet a Syrian settlement group engaged in craft work. They watched a performance by ‘Fallen Angels’, a dance theatre company for people in recovery from addiction, before moving to the theatre to see a medley of songs from Storyhouse’s latest production, ‘A Little Night Music.’ On the ground floor, they also saw schoolchildren from local primary schools perform songs alongside actors from ‘Swallows and Amazons.’ The Queen then unveil a plague to mark the official opening of Storyhouse.
Afterwards, the Queen and Duchess walked to Chester Town Hall where they will attend a lunch as guests of Chester City Council, which marked the conclusion of their visit to Cheshire, meeting members of the public along the way.
The Queen wore Stewart Parvin outfit with a Rachel Trevor Morgan hat, pairing her customary Three Strand Pearl Necklace with Queen Victoria’s Bow Brooch. The Duchess of Sussex wore Givenchy dress with pearl and diamond earrings (a gift from the Queen).