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The Queen and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle's highly anticipated visit to Chester on Thursday, June 14 was a triumph for the city.

Huge crowds filled Chester city centre and a temporary traffic regulation was in place to prohibit all traffic from the majority of streets.

The monarch and her granddaughter-in-law arrived at Storyhouse just before noon, where they first observed a minute's silence in remembrance of the Grenfell Tower fire, which happened one year ago to the day.

Their visit to Chester included a tour and performance at Storyhouse where The Queen unveiled a plaque at Storyhouse, they attended a lunch at Chester Town Hall with local politicians and civic dignitaries.

The trip to Cheshire, which also included an official opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, was the first official engagement involving just Her Majesty and her new granddaughter-in-law.

Signing off

That’s a wrap. Thanks for staying with us all day during today’s fantastic events.

We’re sure all who went to catch a glimpse of the Royals had a great time and won’t forget their experience in a hurry.

We certainly gave Her Majesty and the Duchess of Sussex a very warm welcome to Chester didn’t we?

Chronicle editor Michael Green has written an overview of what has been a thrilling day for Cheshire

A tweet from the royals

Aww!

How lovely

Crowd spotting

Can you spot yourself in the crowds of people waiting to catch a glimpse of the Queen and Duchess?

And they're off

Her Majesty and the Duchess have been pictured leaving the Town Hall, after lunch

The Queen and Duchess of Sussex leave the Town Hall
The Queen and Duchess of Sussex leave the Town Hall

Cast your minds back

The Queen has been coming to Chester since before she was even on the throne.

We put together this gallery of pictures of the various royal visits to Chester over the years, including Princess Diana, Prince Edward and Princes William and Harry

Unforgettable day

Have a look through our gallery of some of the amazing pictures from today’s visit

All smiles

We love this picture of the Queen and Meghan on the steps of Chester Town Hall

The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex are all smiles at the Town Hall
The Queen and the Duchess of Sussex are all smiles at the Town Hall

Small faces

Fabulous

Lots of happy people in Chester today

From Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace have tweeted this lovely photo of Meghan meeting some children on Northgate Street

Fashion eye

The lowdown on Meghan’s Givenchy dress by our Sallie

It's official

Storyhouse is officially open - here’s the plaque to prove it

Nice to meet you

Jo Henwood captured the Queen and Meghan meeting and greeting Cestrians

One city unites

The Royals are making their way from Storyhouse to the Town Hall

Enjoying Storyhouse

Lovely picture of The Queen and Meghan enjoying a reading in the library of Storyhouse

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex visit Storyhouse Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex visit Storyhouse Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire

A Little Culture

One of the things the Queen and Meghan will be doing during their time at Storyhouse is watching an excerpt of A Little Night Music.

This received a rave review from Chronicle editor Michael Green earlier this month. Read it here

Heartwarming

You really should take time to read this heartwarming story of a die-hard Royalist who has met the Queen more than 150 TIMES!

He’s planning on presenting Her Majesty and Meghan with some very poignant presents

Dignitaries getting ready

Won’t be long before the Royals will be making their way over to the Town Hall

Designer Duchess

Meghan and the Queen both look stunning!

The Duchess is believed to be wearing a dress by Givenchy

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive to visit Storyhouse Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive to visit Storyhouse Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Phil Noble/PA Wire

They're here

This is the moment they arrived in Chester

Remembering Grenfell

The Royals have arrived at Storyhouse but first it’s a minute’s silence for last year’s Grenfell Tower fire

Was that the Queen driving past?!

Check out this fabulous video of the Queen and Meghan Markle’s car driving through Hoole

They're en route!!

They’re almost here

Anticipation building

They’re running a bit behind schedule but the anticipation is building in Chester

AND THEY'VE ARRIVED!

The Queen and Meghan have arrived at Runcorn Station - Her Majesty is looking lovely in green and the Duchess in cream

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive by Royal Train at Runcorn Station to carry out engagements in Cheshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 14, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Queen. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Message for the royals

The Firs School have a warm welcome for the royals

Colourful chat

What’s it going to be?

Taking no chances

Security is tight