After a brief but much-needed honeymoon - away from all the royal wedding-generated hoopla - with her beloved husband, Meghan Markle will soon embark on a historical venture, one that has never been undertaken before by someone of her stature. As new granddaughter-in-law to the Queen of Britain, however, she has undoubtedly readied herself for all the changes to her life that are sure to come her way with her new role.
Now, in a completely unprecedented move that has stunned the world, the Queen has hand-selected Prince Harry's bride for a supreme honor that not even Duchess Kate has enjoyed. And it has been reported that the newlyweds cut their honeymoon short in order to comply with the Monarch's request.
Now it can be revealed that Buckingham Palace has announced that the newest member of the Windsor Family will join Queen Elizabeth on a trip without her husband. That's right, it'll be just the ladies on this journey.
According to the Royal Family's website, "Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by The Duchess of Sussex, will officially open the Mersey Gateway Bridge, at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire." This event will occur on June 14th. Once that duty has been performed, the duo will move on and "open the Storyhouse Theatre in Chester and attend lunch at Chester Town Hall."
What makes the occasion even more momentous is that Meghan Markle will be the first young member of the Royal Family to be invited to travel in the Queen's own train, which is used by only the most senior members of the household, and is said to be Her Majesty's favorite mode of transportation.
Hello! magazine puts it this way, "Described as Buckingham Palace on wheels, the lavish train is [used only] a handful of times a year. In 2017, it was used just 14 times at a cost of £900,000 to taxpayers. While it is very costly, it does provide a more comfortable ride for the 92-year-old monarch, especially when she travels overnight. The train, which was first used by Queen Victoria in 1842, has a luxurious smoking room, bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a 12-seater dining room."
"The only other Royal Family member to have used the train is Prince William, who is believed to have [ridden] it during his birthday tour in 2003.
"This is a great honour for Markle, especially considering her sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge has never used the Royal Train for official appearances and had to wait nearly a year after she married Prince William to make her first public appearance with the Queen."
What a tremendous honor for the newly-minted Royal, and we're sure that she will come away from her experience emboldened by her unmistakable acceptance by the Queen. And who knows? Perhaps she'll pick up a tip or two from her grandmother-in-law on how to best handle the day-to-day workings of a life that, until recently, she had only heard about from a distance. We wish them a safe and productive trip!
To look back on Meghan's first-ever public appearance with the Queen, watch the video, below.