Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Make Their First Official Engagement Together

The prince and his fiancée's visit to Nottingham marks Markle's transition into the royal spotlight.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made their first official appearance together, just a few days after the couple announced their engagement and plans to marry next May.

The prince and his fiancée attended two separate engagements in Nottingham to raise awareness of both HIV/AIDS and youth crime, Kensington Palace shared in a statement prior to the visit.

Harry and Meghan arrive at Nottingham train station
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The palace added that the prince was looking forward to introducing his future wife to a community that has 'become very special to him'.

Meghan wore the double-breasted 'Elodie' coat from Canadian brand Mackage over a black roll neck and cream skirt for her first royal walkabout.

Harry and Meghan are given a warm welcome
Meghan greets her fans
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The newly-engaged pair were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers as they made their way to the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at the Nottingham Contemporary art centre. There they met with representatives from charities who each support local communities in the city and carry out work to tackle HIV/AIDS.

Later in the day, Harry and Meghan travelled to Nottingham Academy where they met staff from the Full Effect programme that supports children and young people from becoming involved in youth violence and crime through mentorship and training. The children were expected to put on a performance for the couple before they left the city.

The visit to Nottingham comes just three days after the Palace confirmed that Harry and Meghan will marry at St George's Chapel in Windsor in May 2018.

Meghan wears her engagement ring designed by Prince Harry

Jason Knauf, the prince's spokesperson, said the couple were 'leading the planning process for all aspects of the wedding'.

He added: 'This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom.'

The exact date for the big day will be announced 'in due course'.

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