Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wow Edinburgh crowds

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The couple greet well-wishers at the castle and later meet a Shetland pony that once tried to munch the Queen’s posy.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to Edinburgh Castle on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Crowds in Edinburgh have braved the cold to get a glimpse of Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan Markle on their official trip to the city.

They met flag-waving fans outside Edinburgh Castle before heading inside to watch as the One o’clock Gun was fired – a tradition started in 1861 to mark time for ships in the Firth of Forth.

Meghan Markle delighted crowds at Edinburgh Castle
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Crowds braved the cold weather to see the couple
Crowds gather ahead of a visit by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Edinburgh Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 13, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The famous castle, an iconic fortress for centuries, was chosen as the starting point for their first joint visit to the Scottish capital.

The trip is the couple’s fourth public appearance since they announced their engagement and follows visits to Nottingham, Brixton in south London and Cardiff.

Meghan Markle greets people at Edinburgh Castle
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Ms Markle was given a warm welcome

Kensington Palace said: “Throughout the day Prince Harry and Ms Markle will have the opportunity to meet members of the public, learn more about organisations that work in the local community and nationwide, and celebrate youth in the Scottish Year of Young People 2018.”

After the castle visit, the couple went to the New Town to visit Social Bite, a social enterprise cafe which distributes food and hot drinks to homeless people across Scotland.

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée, US actress Meghan Markle smile during a walkabout on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, during a visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BUCHANAN (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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They have previously visited Nottingham, Brixton and Cardiff

It also employs staff who have experienced homelessness themselves.

In the cafe, Meghan had a latte and told staff they did “amazing work” as the couple toured the kitchen.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to Edinburgh Castle on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Prince Harry put a loving arm around his bride-to-be

Meghan wore tartan for her Scottish debut, dressed in a long, navy blue and dark green wool and cashmere-blend Burberry coat.

The pair were also introduced to Cruachan IV, a Shetland pony and mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, at the end of their walkabout.

The nine-year-old pony famously tried to eat the Queen’s posy during her visit to Stirling Castle, and this time appeared to make an attempt at nibbling the Prince’s hand.

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“They were asking about him saying he’s a wee star, he knows he’s on parade and is showing off – they said it was lovely to meet him,” Major Mark Wilkinson said.

Britain's Prince Harry's fiancée US actress Meghan Markle smiles as she meets members of the public during a walkabout on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, during a visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jane Barlow (Photo credit should read JANE BARLOW/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ms Markle wore tartan for her Scottish debut

The couple will round off their visit with a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate youth achievements marking Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

Meghan Markle delighted crowds at Edinburgh Castle

Crowds gather ahead of a visit by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Edinburgh Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 13, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Meghan Markle greets people at Edinburgh Castle

Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée, US actress Meghan Markle smile during a walkabout on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, during a visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Andy BUCHANAN (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to Edinburgh Castle on February 13, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Britain's Prince Harry's fiancée US actress Meghan Markle smiles as she meets members of the public during a walkabout on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle, during a visit to Scotland on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jane Barlow (Photo credit should read JANE BARLOW/AFP/Getty Images)

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