THINGS were a lot different for Harry and Meghan this time last year.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Birkenhead for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex first engagement of 2019.

And many Globe readers sent in their pictures of the royal couple smiling at the crowds and enjoying their whistle-stop tour of the town.

The couple posted on Instagram last night they were looking to 'step back' from royal life after a difficult year.

During their time in Birkenhead, Harry and Meghan viewed the new Wilfred Owen sculpture erected to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

They then unveiled a plaque, met local veterans and members of the Birkenhead Institute Old Boys before visiting inside of Birkenhead Town Hall.

Harry and Meghan then left in a Range Rover to head to a secret engagement at Number 7 - a Feeding Birkenhead citizen's cafe and supermarket.

The pair met with supermarket staff and members by learning how Number 7 helps to build the community's resilience against hunger.

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Their third engagement of the day was at Tomorrow's Women Wirral (TWW), an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances and since opening in 2011, has helped more than 6,000 local women.

For their last visit, the couple met young members of The Hive as they took part in many activities and workshops across the centre before unveiling a plaque to mark their visit.

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At the time, Meghan was heavily pregnant with their son Archie.

You can see more of your pictures from the day in the gallery above.