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Meghan Markle marks Commonwealth Day with Queen

Press Trust of India  |  London 

The would-be wife of Britain's Harry, American Meghan Markle, today attended her first official engagement with to mark

The 36-year-old arrived with her fianc alongside and to attend the annual service at in London, also attended by Charles, Camilla - Duchess of Cornwall, and British

In her customary message, the 91-year-old monarch said she looked forward to welcoming world leaders to the Commonwealth Heads of Meeting (CHOGM), to be attended by next month, at her "homes in and Windsor".

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".

"We shall see this in action at the Commonwealth Heads of Meeting which takes place in the next month, bringing together young people, business and from across the Commonwealth."

The described CHOGM as a fine example of how "consensus and commitment" can help create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable.

Her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from public duties last year, did not attend the service.

Markle, who is to become a British citizen on her wedding to on May 19, sang the British national anthem after taking her seat behind the and of After the service, she joined the other royals at a private reception.

is expected to take on an active role within the Commonwealth during CHOGM next month.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 22:20 IST