In Pictures: Harry and Meghan’s first engagement of 2019

By Press Association Reporters

Birkenhead was the location for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first official engagement of the year.

Harry and Meghan were visiting a number of organisations including Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances.

The royal couple are expecting their first child in the spring.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex take part in a walkabout in Hamilton Square (Aaron Chown/PA)
Wellwishers get into the spirit of things ahead of the couple’s arrival (Danny Lawson/PA)
A plaque honouring Wilfred Owen is unveiled (Aaron Chown/PA)
Owen’s famous poem, Futility, is inscribed upon the plaque, which marks the 100th anniversary of his death (Danny Lawson/PA)
The duchess touches her baby bump (Aaron Chown/PA)
A suitably attired spectator awaits the royal couple (Danny Lawson/PA)
The royals chatted with the public on their walkabout (Danny Lawson/PA)
Meghan wore a striking purple dress from Aritzia’s Babaton collection and a vivid coat by Sentaler (Danny Lawson/PA)
The duchess’ footwear drew lots of attention across social media (Danny Lawson/PA)
Meghan later met people at Number 7, a ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizens’ supermarket and community cafe (Anthony Devlin/PA)
The duchess presents Angela Midgley with a Moses basket at the community facility in the Pyramids Shopping Centre (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Number 7 is a membership-based, non-profit operation focused on helping people who are struggling with their bills (Anthony Devlin/PA)
The royals applaud after watching a dance troupe perform at the Hive, Wirral Youth Zone (Danny Lawson/PA)
Harry is offered a floral gift (Charlotte Graham/Daily Telegraph/PA)
Meghan chats with a girl bearing flowers (Charlotte Graham/Daily Telegraph/PA)
The couple view a new sculpture marking the 100th anniversary of war poet Wilfred Owen’s death (Charlotte Graham/Daily Telegraph/PA)
Local schoolchildren welcome Meghan (Charlotte Graham/Daily Telegraph/PA)
Meghan meets more members of the public (Charlotte Graham/Daily Telegraph/PA)
Harry talks to more children (Charlotte Graham/Daily Telegraph/PA)
Meghan delivers a speech (Charlotte Graham/Daily Telegraph/PA)