LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Harry’s American fiancée Meghan Markle on Monday took half in her first official royal engagement with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth because the couple introduced they have been getting married final 12 months.
Markle joined her husband-to-be and Britain’s different senior royals together with Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his elder brother Prince William and his spouse Kate at London’s Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth service.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General have been among the many 2,000-strong congregation for the service, the most important annual inter-faith gathering within the United Kingdom, which additionally included greater than 800 schoolchildren and younger folks.
Elizabeth has been head of the Commonwealth since 1952 and aides say she regards the success of the group, which now has 53 members representing over 2.four billion folks, as certainly one of her best achievements as queen.
She has made greater than 200 journeys to Commonwealth international locations throughout her 66-year reign, visiting each nation besides Cameroon and Rwanda.
London will host subsequent month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting the place the BBC and different British media have speculated the problem of who will succeed the 91-year-old monarch is likely to be mentioned.
“Having enjoyed the warm hospitality of so many Commonwealth countries over the years, I look forward to the pleasure of welcoming the leaders of our family of 53 nations to my homes in London and Windsor,” the queen mentioned in a press release.
Windsor Castle, west of London, additionally would be the setting for the marriage of Harry and actress Markle, star of U.S. TV drama“Suits”, on May 19.
Reporting by Michael Holden; enhancing by Stephen Addison