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Meghan Markle Chooses Givenchy Again for First Solo Royal Engagement

Why Meghan Markle stood behind Kate Middleton for her balcony debut

The new Duchess of Sussex notably stood behind her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, and brother-in-law, Prince William - and it all came down to a royal "pecking order". The newlywed, 36, looked incredible in a Givenchy cream ensemble which featured flared sleeves and a black waistband belt.

At one point, a woman said to send love to Harry, and that Meghan should "take care of him".

This is the first time Meghan has undertaken any royal duties without husband Prince Harry. It's similar to the green Parvin look she sported at Meghan and Prince Harry's May 19 nuptials.

While Meghan looked handsome in the pale pink design, plenty of armchair critics condemned her decision to bare her shoulders for the event, even claiming she "broke royal protocol".

But the duchess was without gloves.

The pair watched performances on the northern side of the Mersey with the bridge in front of them.

According to multiple outlets (via Sky News), onlookers wanted the Duchess of Sussex to extend their warm wishes to Harry. Footage of the incident suggests that someone instructed Markle to get into the auto before the Queen, just as the Queen took it upon herself to get in, leading to Markle asking Queen Elizabeth whether she would prefer to go in first or last.

Kensington Palace has said the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex will arrive early on Thursday morning at Runcorn Station to carry out a series of royal engagements.

Body language expert Judi James, an industry leader in communication, told how the Queen appeared "completely confident" in Meghan's ability.

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The pair then headed to officially opening the Storyhouse theatre - a library, theatre, cinema, restaurant, bar, community centre and arts hub. They also attended a lunch at Chester Town Hall. Get HELLO! Canada, PEOPLE, Vanity Fair and over 100 more of the world's best magazines for one low monthly price at Texture by Next Issue.