The Duchess in Armani & Hugo Boss for First Visit to Sussex
The Duchess wore a mix of brands for today’s visit to Sussex.
The Sussexes are traveling to several locations in their home county.
There were eager crowds waiting to greet the couple.
They were delighted when Meghan and Harry did a walkabout.
A quick video from Kensington Palace.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 3, 2018
How cute were these two, all dressed up in their royal wedding garb?! Sam Dixon-French, who tweeted the photo, says this is Harry Scott, age 5, and Olivia Bell, age 8; both are from Palantine Primary School.
A beautiful image of Meghan generously shared by Dan Jones on Twitter.
Mr. Jones also got some wonderful photos of Prince Harry.
This image from Mark Stewart is darling.
In this video you can hear Meghan say she is “thrilled to be here.”
— BBC Sussex (@BBCSussex) October 3, 2018
More people to meet, more hands to shake.
One more quick video, this one from Emily Nash of Hello!
— Emily Nash (@emynash) October 3, 2018
After the walkabout, everyone headed to the historic Edes house, a Georgian mansion built at the end of the 17th-Century. It has nine rooms which are available to rent out for a variety of occasions.
The Duke and Duchess were there to view one of only two ceremonial parchment manuscript copies of the American Declaration of Independence.
— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) October 3, 2018
Here you see the couple with Wendy Walker, County Archivist, and Harry Goring, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex. More from the West Sussex County Council:
County Archivist Wendy Walker said: “It was a real privilege to meet the couple and to be able to show them this fascinating and very rare document. They both showed great interest in the Declaration and the American connection with the Duchess made it extra special.”
The other copy is at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
You can hear the crowds cheering when they saw the Duke and Duchess as they left Edes House.
— West Sussex (@WSCCNews) October 3, 2018
Then it was on to the University of Chichester.
The Duke and Duchess were at the University to officially open the new Engineering and Digital Technology Park, £35 million state-of-the-art facility on campus.
The pair being welcomed and introduced.
Meghan tried the “Mecmesin machine.’
More from The Mirror’s coverage:
They watched a demonstration of a Mecmesin machine, which tests the durability of materials. The duchess pressed the button to begin the test and Meghan and Harry both donned safety goggles during the experiment.
She exclaimed that it was “incredible” and he remarked that “it’s a very cool machine”.
The Duchess speaking with students.
One of the University’s goals is to change the way STEM subjects are taught by combining science and engineering techniques and skills with creative technologies. Meghan and Harry saw a new, state of the art sound stage and watched the University’s chamber orchestra rehearsing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Also on hand, some of the science and engineering students who were recording the rehearsal digitally.
The University tweeted that “The Duke gets to have a go at operating a camera filming the orchestra, helped by one of our CDT students!”
Reactions to the visit come via a Bognor Regis Observer story:
Matt Jacques, who has worked on blockbuster films such as Interstellar and Inception said: “They were really relaxed people and really interested in the students. It was all about the students.
“Harry was genuinely interested in animation. It is inspiring and infectious when someone is interested in your work.”
After a tour and conversations with students, as well as time in a class, it was time to unveil a commemorative plaque marking the Duke and Duchess’s visit and the building’s opening.
(Hmmm. Looks like someone is peeking behind the curtain.)
I *think* this might have been Meghan’s first official unveiling of a commemorative marker…?
The couple as they are departing.
The West Sussex County Council tweeted “Our great thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for visiting Chichester and Bognor Regis today. What a special occasion for everyone who witnessed it.”
The next stop was Brighton. Simon Perry of People shared this photo, saying, “This collection of mobile phones and spectators craning their necks is what they see as they walk between two sets of royal fans.”
A quick video of the Duke and Duchess:
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving at The Royal Pavilion earlier.
— Brighton & Hove City Council (@BrightonHoveCC) October 3, 2018
As seen in Simon’s photo, there were big crowds.
The duo dived right in.
It looked like a glorious day weather-wise.
The Duke and Duchess were in Brighton to see the historic Royal Pavilion.
More from Simon’s People story:
The iconic structure was built in the mid-1780s and was used by George IV as something of a pleasure palace. Its flamboyant style, with no expense spared on its interior decorations, matched its royal patron’s lavish tastes for fashion and the arts. His regular visits to Brighton helped put the seaside town on the map and it grew in importance after that.
The couple outside the structure.
Richard Palmer posted a video of Meghan with some of the children eager to see the royals.
Meghan chatting to schoolchildren in Brighton. pic.twitter.com/6gIwU6frnK
— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) October 3, 2018
This was followed by a walk to Survivors’ Network Rape Crisis Service. The couple was there to learn about the Service’s work to reduce sexual violence and its impact on survivors’ lives. More from an ELLE story:
During their visit at the centre – which ‘offers a range of professional relevant services to survivors of any gender aged 14+ who have experienced any form of sexual violence’ – the couple met with service users, staff and volunteers to discuss the institution’s ground-breaking work.
More from Elle’s story.
The couple also showed an interest in how the organisation encourages survivors to develop their own projects.
‘We were interested to show them the knit work project, conceived by a survivor who called on women’s centres and student unions to knit small squares of purple fabric, which were then knitted together into a big scarf.
Rebecca English of The Daily Mail shared a video of Meghan and Harry as they signed the guest book at the Survivors’ Network.
Meghan and Harry visit the Survivors’ Network in Brighton #SussexesinSussex pic.twitter.com/0BNYnuTDgE
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 3, 2018
Meghan and Harry’s last engagement was at the JOFF Youth Centre in the coastal town of Peacehaven, East Sussex.
They were there to learn about the Centre’s work on mental health and well being.
A group photo.
Now to what Meghan wore for today’s engagements.
Her coat is by Emporio Armani, the Cashmere Double Cloth Coat. The coat features a lapel collar, back vent, button cuffs and three pockets and it is unlined. It is no longer available.
Her skirt is by Hugo Boss, the brand’s paneled pencil skirt in green lambskin (£369, roughly $480). The blouse is by & Other Stories, the Straight Fit Silk Shirt (£69). It has a concealed front placket, a box pleat on the back, and a rounded hem; it is slightly longer in the back.If unfamiliar with & Other Stories, it is a brand from H&M that launched back in 2013, created to offer higher-end goods.
Meghan’s bag is also green, it is Gabriela Hearst’s Demi Satin Tote ($1995). It is a smaller version of the brand’s classic Nina’ bag, and it is designed to look like a fortune cookie. The official color is emerald, and there is a twist lock at the top.
Meghan’s heels appear to be by Stuart Weitzman.
NOTE: We originally said Meghan’s heels were by Gianvito Rossi, but that is not the case. Our thanks to Gabi K for pointing out the error. Below we show the Stuart Weitzman Legend ($375) in a color called ‘haze beige.’ The Legend features a 3.75″ stiletto heel, low vamp and pointed toe.
We saw new jewelry pieces today, including a signet ring.
The bracelets and ring are all by Missoma, a Meghan favorite. Today’s styles are:
- the Double Chain Bracelet in 18K gold vermeil ($89)
- the gold-plated Rainbow Moonstone Beaded Leaf bracelet ($97)
- the Gold Leaf Bracelet in 18K gold vermeil ($103)
and the Mantra Open Heart Signet Ring ($110) in 18K gold vermeil with a crystal embellished eye. The ring is described as “Representing emotions of love, passion and friendship. One to wear close to the heart.”
Meghan also appeared to have a new necklace on, possibly the Adina Reyter 14K Gold Solid Pavé Teardrop ($418). Meghan wore her hair up.
It appeared to be an immensely successful series of engagements. For those in the area, the Bogner Regis Observer is doing a special 8-page supplement tomorrow.
One last photo.
We have one other very quick note today, one that we are excited about: Lavender Hill Clothing is a new What Meghan Wore sponsor! You might remember Meghan in one of the company’s tees when the Duke and Duchess were in Dublin.
We’ll have more fun Lavender Hill news next week, but wanted to share this today.
- Learn more about Edes House by clicking here; visit the Facebook page here; click here to see the tour hours
- Visit the Brighton Museums website here; the organization’s Facebook page is here and Twitter feed here
- The Survivors Network website is here; the Facebook page is here; the Twitter feed may be seen here
- The University of Chichester site is here; its Facebook page is here; the Instagram page is here and Twitter feed here
- A story from The Sussex Express is here;
- The Evening Standard’s fashion story is here; Erin Hill’s People article is here
- the BBC’s coverage is here
Here are links to a few videos from ITN’s Royal Family Channel:
- This one is about 3:30 and covers the first walkabout.
- This 2-minute video covers the visit to the University.
- This video is focused on the final engagement of the day at the JOFF Youth Centre