Meghan Markle Attends Her First Public Event With Queen Elizabeth II

Her royal duties have begun

Updated 03/12/18

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Meghan Markle won't officially join the royal family for another two months, when she and Prince Harry tie the knot on May 19, but the former Suits star is already getting a taste for life as a British royal. Markle attended her first official public event with the queen herself on Sunday.

Harry's future bride accompanied Queen Elizabeth II, as well as Prince Harry, Prince William, and a pregnant Kate Middleton, to Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day. The service also marked a public acknowledgment of Markle from the queen. Notable as the biggest annual interfaith event in the U.K., according to the Daily Mail, the queen used the occasion to speak of the Commonwealth's importance. "Through exchanging ideas, and seeing life from other perspectives, we grow in understanding and work more collaboratively toward a common future," she said. "There is a very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection; shared inheritances help us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division."

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The service is just the latest in a long list of royal firsts that Markle has been enjoying lately. She made her first appearance with her future husband and future brother-in-law and sister-in-law last month at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum in London. The foundation is spearheaded by Prince Harry and Prince William and focuses on issues like veterans services and mental health. Markle reportedly might have also taken a big step toward her royal future by being baptized into the Church of England. Reports suggest Markle may have entered the church in a small ceremony held at St. James's Palace accompanied by Harry.

It seems as if Markle is well on her way to finishing her to-do list before her royal wedding. And if she needs to take a break and unwind from the dual pressures of wedding planning and navigating the rules and regulations of royalty, she could always enjoy the new beer brewed in her honor.

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