A Re-Markable International Women’s Day for Meghan in Birmingham
Meghan put together another polished look today, wearing a mix of brands for a visit to Birmingham with Prince Harry.
The couple was in Birmingham to mark International Women’s Day. Despite the cool temps and intermittent rain, a large crowd was waiting to greet them when they arrived.
They weren’t disappointed. Meghan and Harry waded right in to shake hands and say ‘hello.’
More from a story by Hannah Furness in The Telegraph.
Student Charlotte Highsmith, from Oxford, was overcome with excitement after meeting Meghan and said: “Oh my God, it was worth the wait – I’ve missed my lecture.”
The 20-year-old, who is studying criminology and policing at Birmingham City University, added: “Meghan just thanked us for waiting in the rain for her, but it wasn’t a problem.”
Prince Harry was welcomed by a friendly four-legged fan.
Thank you to everyone (dogs included!) for the warm welcome to Birmingham this morning. pic.twitter.com/f6E3gbGfiP
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 8, 2018
International Women’s Day, or IWD, “celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.”
While chatting with a ten-year-old named Sophia Richards Harry asked the young lady what she wants to be when she grows up. When she replied ‘an actress’ he took her by the hand over to Meghan. More from People’s story:
“Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve. And Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress,” Richards says. “It was a dream come true. I will never forget this day.”
Meghan then gave her a hug before Harry took her back to her classmates.
The Sun’s Jack Royston shared a quick video from the walkabout.
Meghan Markle praises International Women’s Day on her Birmingham walkabout. pic.twitter.com/fUd9DUlToH
— Jack Royston (@Jack_Royston) March 8, 2018
Both Harry and Meghan seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.
Sky TV posted this video of the walkabout.
Children, dogs and selfies – the hallmarks of a Royal visit pic.twitter.com/y1NM1tcxoZ
— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 8, 2018
The crowds were gathered outside Birmingham’s iconic Millenium Point building, where the first event of the day was held. The building is described by the Birmingham Mail as a location “…providing creative working and learning environments, workspace and studios to those with interests in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).”
This isn’t the first royal visit to Millenium Point; the Queen officially opened the building in 2002.
Meghan and Harry attended a function hosted by the STEMettes, a group dedicated to inspiring and supporting young women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. Chris Ship of ITV shared this picture from the event.
According to Kensington Palace 90 girls were given the opportunity to learn HTML coding as well as how to build devices like iPads and create apps.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 8, 2018
More from Kensington Palace:
Many local businesses from the Birmingham area also provided information on work experience, apprenticeships, A-level choices, and university degrees in STEM for the young women taking part.
Meghan spent time with three young women and also tried out a virtual reality headset.
More from People:
Meghan then praised her three new companions for saying they aimed to be a “surgeon, doctor and doctor.”
“It’s cool that you’re so interested in tech,” she told another group of girls. “That’s really impressive.”
Coach Core offers sports apprenticeships “that enable young people to learn employable skills and develop personally as well as professionally. 99% of apprentices go into full-time education or employment,” according to The Royal Foundation.
Meghan and Harry spoke with apprentices about some of the benefits they have received from the program.
They wrapped up the visit with a group photo.
Now to what Meghan wore for today’s engagements.
The coat is made in Italy in a 70/30 wool and nylon blend. It features wrap styling in a fairly loose fit, closing with a concealed hook and eye and self-belt.
Meghan’s sweater is from AllSaints, the Ridley style.
The bag is made of navy caribou leather with a top handle, and it also has a shoulder strap. Credit for this ID also goes to Michelle of Perths Fashion.
We saw the return of Meghan’s BB 105 Point Toe pumps from Manolo Blahnik.
Meghan wore a new (to us) bracelet today.
We believe it could be a bespoke piece from Meghan-favorite Birks. The cross on the piece is similar to that seen in the brand’s Rosée du Matin collection, and it also has a diamond-shaped logo tag like those seen on other items from Birks.
Many think the bracelet may have been a gift on the occasion of Meghan’s baptism, which took place Tuesday. More from Rebecca English in her exclusive Daily Mail story:
Meghan Markle has been baptised into the Church of England in a secret ceremony with Prince Harry at her side. The intimate 45-minute service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Chapel Royal on Tuesday evening.
Miss Markle did not need to become an Anglican in order to marry Harry in church, but at the time of their engagement last November she made clear she had chosen to be baptised and confirmed out of respect for the Queen’s role as the head of the Church of England.
We have not yet identified the earrings Meghan wore today. Below, a closer look at one of them.
We will see you on Monday for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. The service begins at 3:15pm locally, that is 11:15am EDT. (We will be on DST Monday, but the UK will not, so there is only a 4-hour time difference.)
- Read more about the STEMettes at the organization’s website here; follow the group on Facebook here, on Twitter here, and on Instagram here
- In the US there are multiple STEM-related entities; the Girls Who Code site is here; the National Girls Collaborative Project website is here
- Learn more about International Women’s Day by clicking here; visit the site’s Facebook page here; the Twitter account is here. Use the hashtag #IWD2018 on social media to see the latest on events and activities around the world. You can also follow things specific to the #PressforProgress by using that hashtag.
- Visit the Coach Core website here; the charity’s Twitter feed is here.
- The Daily Mail’s coverage is here
- People’s story on Meghan and IWD is here