Meghan Markle to make her first appearance with the Queen on Commonwealth Day
The event is ideally attended by the the highest-ranking members of the royal family apart from the Queen.
It's only a matter of time before Meghan Markle officially becomes a royal, but for now, it's all about impressing the family, starting with the matriarch herself, Queen Elizabeth II. According to reports, Meghan Markle is finally going to step out into the public eye with the Queen.
According to People, the actress-turned-royal and Prince Harry will join the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Kate Middleton for a special church service for Commonwealth Day on Monday, March 12.
The Queen, 91, is head of the Commonwealth, which is the global network of 53 countries with more than two billion people, and the annual Abbey service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the UK. But the Duke of Edinburgh, who has effectively retired from public duties, will not be attending.
The event is a huge deal and, ideally, only the highest-ranking members of the royal family accompany the queen for the ceremony. This year, the other royal guests who will be attending the event include the Duke of York, Princess Royal, Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.
The service will include a special performance by One Direction’s Liam Payne and a reflection by Dr Andrew Bastawrous, an eye surgeon who turned a smartphone into an examination tool that combats avoidable blindness in developing counties.
After the service, William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan will head into the square behind the Abbey to meet school children, before they attend a reception for people involved in the event.
Harry and Meghan signaled their commitment to the Commonwealth and its people when they both mentioned the institution during an interview to mark their engagement.
The prince said they looked forward to traveling around the Commonwealth, meeting some of the 2.4 billion people from the 53 member states. The fact that Meghan is joining in several official royal appearances underlines how quickly she is being acclimatized to the family and its public roles.
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