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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle make first official engagement together

Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle have delighted cheering crowds who braved the cold to watch the couple on their first official engagement together.

The pair announced their engagement on Monday, igniting a transatlantic media frenzy.

Prince Harry, 33, is fifth-in-line to the throne, while Ms Markle, 36, is a US actress previously best known for her leading role in legal drama series Suits.

In the central English city of Nottingham, the pair greeted hundreds of smiling well-wishers, some waving British and US flags.

"We're so happy for them both," Mary Cooper, 60, said as she waited to meet the couple.

"We always come and see him whenever he comes here and it's lovely that he keeps coming to Nottingham and has sort of adopted this city."

The couple were visiting a charity fair to mark World Aids Day, an event particularly symbolic for Prince Harry whose late mother Princess Diana is credited with playing an important role in breaking down the stigma that was attached to the disease.

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle at AIDS Day charity event

Harry has become a prominent campaigner on the issue, following in the footsteps of Diana who opened Britain's first HIV/AIDS unit in London in 1987 and confronted stigma by kissing an AIDS patient during a hospital visit.

Today's event, held by the Terrence Higgins Trust, remembers lives lost to HIV and marks the progress made in fighting it.

"They are so wonderful together, and you can clearly see that there is an immense amount of love and adoration for each other from the personal point of view of course, but also for the work that each other are involved in," HIV campaigner Chris O'Hanlon said after he met the couple at the event.

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Afterwards, the couple went to Nottingham Academy to meet headteachers from local schools and hear about the Full Effect programme, an initiative supported by the charity of Harry, his elder brother Prince William and William's wife Kate, which seeks to deter children from becoming involved in violence.

'I'm excited to have some Americans in the Royal family'

Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.

Ms Markle, who has been a campaigner for several causes including work as a UN women's advocate, is to give up her previous charity roles as she begins life in the Royal family, Harry's spokesman said earlier this week.

She was also keen to travel around Britain to get to know the country that will become her home as she intends to become a British citizen, the spokesman added.

The couple, who became engaged earlier this month at the cottage they share in the grounds of Kensington Palace in central London, are to be married next May in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, which has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.

"This is good. I'm excited to have some Americans in the Royal family," US student Mark Arnold, who is studying at Nottingham University, said.

"It's really nice, I'm excited."

The wedding will be paid for by the Royal family and is likely to be televised, but the couple is still deciding on the details.

The US actress will also apply for British citizenship.

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