Muted Tones for 25th Anniversary Memorial Service for Stephen Lawrence
Today Meghan and Harry attended a memorial service commemorating the 25th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
Stephen Lawrence was killed when he was 18 years old, murdered by a white racist gang. From The Daily Mirror:
The horrific death of Stephen Lawrence has become one of Britain’s most notorious racially-motivated murders. The 18-year-old schoolboy was stabbed to death at a bus stop by a group of white youths in an unprovoked attack. The Lawrence family’s long struggle for justice exposed institutional racism and corruption within the Metropolitan Police.
Here you see Stephen’s parents greeting Harry and Meghan.
A program for today’s service.
St Martin-in-the-Fields filling up for the 25th anniversary memorial service for Stephen Lawrence pic.twitter.com/bLprlTuWp1
— Dominic Shellard (@DMUVC) April 23, 2018
From The Express story about the service:
Meghan and Harry shook Doreen Lawrence’s hand as they arrived at the service before the prince addressed the congregation. He spoke of his “profound shock” after learning of Stephen’s murder in 1993 but also of his admiration of the determination shown by his family to “build something positive from the tragedy”.
A look inside St. Martin-in-the-Fields during the memorial.
Tyrone’s just given the most articulate speech about what the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence scholarship has meant for him in front of….(see the front row) Prince Harry, Megan Markle, the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn. And he did wear the @DeMontfortFC tie! #proud#loveDMUpic.twitter.com/Pxn2Nxvg1J
— Dominic Shellard (@DMUVC) April 23,
More from The Guardian:
Harry read a letter of support on behalf of his father, the Prince of Wales. It said: “I remember vividly the profound shock that I felt at [Stephen’s] senseless murder, a feeling shared by so many people across this country and beyond.
“I remember, too, just how deeply moved I was by the determination of his family to build something positive from the tragedy they endured and to ensure that Stephen’s story did not end with despair, but continued with hope.”
Harry at the podium.
Beneficiaries of scholarships from the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust were at the memorial service. The trust is “….a national educational charity committed to the advancement of social justice; the alleviation of poverty and community cohesion.
- The Trust has become synonymous with the promotion of positive race relations; diversity and community empowerment.
- “Helping young people achieve a meaningful stake in society”.
Below, Doreen Lawrence at a City Hall event following this afternoon’s service. Prime Minister Theresa May announced that in the future April 22 will be known as Stephen Lawrence Day, saying it will prompt a day of reflection for the country and the “positive change he has inspired.” From the BBC:
Prime Minister Theresa May said that Stephen’s mother Doreen – now a peer in the Lords – and his father Neville “have fought heroically to ensure that their son’s life and death will never be forgotten”.
Baroness Lawrence said she looked forward to delivering the first Stephen Lawrence Day in 2019 alongside the government, adding: “I feel honoured she has recognised the changes that have been made in Stephen’s name and the changes that are still needed.”
Meghan and Harry leaving today’s memorial. As this was a somber event today, we have opted not to emphasize what Meghan wore. Below, a very brief look. Meghan’s dress was by Hugo Boss from the Boss Ready-to-Wear 2018 Collection. It is not yet available.
The collection was Jason Wu’s nautical inspired contribution to the Hugo Boss line. A more relaxed look with stripes and bright color-blocks coupled with long flowing fabrics for this German-owned line. You can see the entire collection here. The Boss line has a dress in the same print seen below, available here.
Her clutch was by Wilbur & Gussie – Bespoke Charlie Silk Clutch in Oyster £205, about $285 US at today’s exchange rate. The bespoke or Charlie ‘Build A Bag’ offers a variety of color options along with a selection of brooches to choose from to customize the bag. Wilbur & Gussie is a British brand created by childhood friends Brett Tyne and Lucy Lyons.
We’re thinking that she also had on the Cartier “Galanterie de Cartier’ style earrings. A pair we first saw her wear on Saturday at the Invictus Games Reception.
Meghan wore a pair of nude suede pumps originally thought to be Gianvito Rossi 105 Pumps in Beige.
After looking at additional images from the engagement and seeing the heel and finally the sole of the shoes with the designer name showing, we can confirm that Meghan wore Manolo Blahnik BB 105 in suede beige, retail $625 US.
Please be aware that the style also comes in a suede “taupe” appearing just slightly darker than the beige suede color.
Below we show both colors.
Meghan has been known to favor the brand and owns several of the designer shoes in various colors worn to recent engagements.
On an upbeat, happy note today, We would like to congratulate HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine on the birth of their baby Boy! Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be amazing big brother and sister to this new little prince! Tweet via Kensington Royal.
Welcome to the family. pic.twitter.com/nKSd5kh5bZ
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
Please visit our sister sites What Kate Wore and What Kate’s Kids Wore for more on this historic and joyous occasion! We are back here on Wednesday for Anzac Day in London, where Meghan and Harry will be attending early morning services and wreath laying. Please see our Meg Events page for more details.
- Learn more about the Stephen Lawrence Trust on the website here; follow the organization’s Facebook page here; the Trust’s Twitter feed is here; you can make a donation via this page
- Visit this BBC page to read about the network’s documentary, Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation
- Read more about the murder and its impact in this Telegraph story,