In pictures: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Edinburgh

Crowds have begun to gather outside Edinburgh Castle in anticipation of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first joint official visit to the Scottish capital.

Despite cold and wet weather, and with the arrival some time away, royal fans braved the conditions to stake the best place to spot the couple on the castle’s esplanade.

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As it happened: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit in Edinburgh
Prince Harry and his fiancée, US actress Meghan Markle (R) meet the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Shetland pony Cruachan during a walkabout on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Getty

Ms Markle, who is making her fourth joint visit with Prince Harry, wore a Burberry coat and trousers by Veronica Beard.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Prince Harry and his fiancée, US actress Meghan Markle (R) meet the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, Shetland pony Cruachan during a walkabout on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Getty
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire