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Meghan Markle joins Queen Elizabeth in first official engagement together

The actress may have dined with Queen Elizabeth previously (and even won over the monarch’s famous corgis), but Monday marked her first official engagement with the monarch.
by Eun Kyung Kim / / Source: TODAY
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Britain's Prince Harry, his fiancee Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, March 12, 2018.Reuters

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She’s had lunch with Queen Elizabeth, won over the monarch’s famous corgis, and attended Christmas morning church service with her.

But Meghan Markle’s first official engagement with the queen was on Monday at Westminster Abbey.

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Meghan Markle arrives with Prince Harry for her first Commonwealth Service at London's Westminster Abbey.Peter Nicholls / Reuters

Markle's appearance at the commemoration service, ahead of her May 19 wedding to Prince Harry, suggests that she has already been welcomed by the royal family.

The 36-year-old former “Suits” star joined Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and other senior members of the British monarchy for a special church service to mark Commonwealth Day. The annual celebration pays tribute to the 53 nations of the Commonwealth that the queen serves as the formal head of state.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William and former Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge
The arrival of the Fab Four: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.Peter Nichols / Reuters

Markle arrived with her fiancé, his brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince Charles, her future father-in-law and the heir to the British throne, also attended along with his wife, Camilla.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London, on March 12, 2018.AFP - Getty Images

Duchess Kate did not attend her first Commonwealth Day ceremony until 2015, when she was 8 months pregnant with her second child. She and her husband, who were married in 2011, are expecting their third baby next month.

As Duchess Kate prepares for another little one, we're taking a look back at her maternity style through the years!

The queen delivered a message during Monday's service that stressed the importance of diversity and inclusion among the Commonwealth nations. The ceremony, the largest annual interfaith service in the United Kingdom, featured a performance by former "One Direction" singer Liam Payne.

Since the November announcement of the couple's engagement, Prince Harry has taken Markle to visit Wales, Scotland and other sites throughout the United Kingdom to help introduce his fiancée to her new home, as well as charities and causes he has long championed.

The couple is scheduled to get married May 19 at St. George’s Chapel on the royal grounds of Windsor Castle. The bride and groom will thendepart from St. George’s Chapel by carriage. They recently announced plans that will allow thousands of members of the public to join them on their special day.

While Monday marks Markle's first formal appearance with Queen Elizabeth, she was among the monarch's guests last December for the annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.

Apparently, however, Markle met the queen even before then; Last November in a BBC interview, she revealed she had previously met the queen, whom she described as "an incredible woman."

She also noted that she received a warm welcome from the queen's corgis, who took to her immediately.

See all of Meghan Markle's best fashion moments from her engagement to the royal wedding.

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