Meghan Markle and the Queen to attend official event together for the first time in public acknowledgement of Royal-Bride-To-Be

Meghan Markle and the Queen will be attending their first official event together at a service to mark Commonwealth Day.

The former Suits actress will be joining senior members of the royal family at Westminster Abbey.

And it will also be a public acknowledgement by the monarch of Meghan who will soon be joining her family when she marries Prince Harry on May 19.

The Commonwealth Day service - which will feature the Queen's message to the family of nations - will also be attended by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and the Prime Minister. But the Duke of Edinburgh, who has effectively retired from public duties, will not be attending.

Former One Direction band member Liam Payne will perform during the service on March 12, and the reflection will be given by Dr Andrew Bastawrous, an eye surgeon who has turned a smartphone into an examination tool to combat avoidable blindness in developing counties.

After the service William, Kate, Harry and Meghan will then go on to a reception for people involved in the event.