It’s Zimmermann and Stephen Jones for Fiji Arrival
The Duchess wore a Zimmermann dress and hat by Stephen Jones for today’s arrival in Fiji.
Kensington Palace tweeted a video of the arrival.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 23, 2018
More from The Daily Mirror:
Touching down at Suva’s Nausori airport, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were first greeted by Melanie Hopkins, the High Commissioner and chief of protocol, Jonetani Tagivetaua.
The couple were introduced to the Hon Frank Bainamara, Fiji’s Prime Minister and his wife, Maria, Ro Teimumu Kepa, leader of the opposition, Alessandro Truppia, the High Commissioner’s wife and Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, commander of the RFMF.
The Duchess was presented with a bouquet of flowers by a flower girl from the chiefly island of Bau, the island home of Ratu Apensia Cakobau, who ceded Fiji to Britain in 1874 (Queen visited Bau in 1982) before Harry made his way to a dais on the runway.
It was wet and a windy on the tarmac, you can see the red carpet lifting right off the pavement.
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The temperature was around 75º when the Qantas charter arrived.
The Duchess being sheltered from the rain..
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Prince Harry inspected a guard of 100 Fijian soldiers with representatives from the Army and the Navy.
Thousands lined the roads to see Meghan and Harry.
— Jamie Samhan (@JamieSamhan) October 23, 2018
This is how it looked just outside the airport.
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The Duke and Duchess called on His Excellency, President Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva. The President is kneeling as a sign of respect.
You also see the First Lady, Sarote Konrote.
The formal portrait.
Meghan and Harry headed to Albert Park for the official welcome called the Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua.
Harry and Meghan arrive… pic.twitter.com/4wBpR98kz5
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 23, 2018
The couple just a moment after they exited their vehicle.
Meghan on the dais watching the ceremony.
Prince Harry drinking kava at the traditional welcome ceremony.
The Sun’s Emily Andrews reports that “Harry gave a short speech thanking everyone for their warm welcome & the crowd went WILD when he greeted them with ‘Bula’ Fijian for ‘Hello’.”
Now our look at what Meghan wore for her arrival in Fiji. We begin with her Zimmermann dress.We believe Meghan’s dress is modeled on this piece. It is called the Blouson Sleeve Dress ($480 when available) and it has similarities to the Duchess’s dress. These include the bodice, gathered shoulders, round neck, lining and back zip. The sleeves were changed, as was the length, and I don’t believe the waistband on Meghan’s is emphasized as much as it is on the original piece.
The fabric for the dress that was available at Shop is 100% viscose and it looks like Meghan’s dress was done with the same material. Our thanks to Laura for discovering the dress!.
The bag measures roughly 7.5″ x 4.” and the width is 2.25″. Crafted of woven straw, it comes with a concealable chain shoulder strap. If fond of the piece, it is available in “natural at Shopbop” and also at Amazon, discounted both places to 50% off, that is $112.
The Duchess wore a new hat by Stephen Jones.
We’ve not been able to look for the chapeau and will update if we come up with more information and/or photos.
It looks like the Duchess was wearing a piece from the S/S 2016 Miss Jones Collection, the ‘Afternoon Tea’ style.
Our thanks to Deborah for her comment suggesting this was the hat Meghan was wearing. She noted in the comment that it is worn at a more vertical angle on the mannequin than it is as styled by the Duchess.
The earrings worn by the Duchess are the pair gifted to her by The Queen. We believe they were first worn when Meghan joined HM for an away day in Chester.
A closer look at the bracelet.
Today we learned that it was a gift from Prince Charles. It looks like either a small diamond tennis bracelet or possibly a box-link chain bracelet. You can see that Meghan also wore at least one ring this evening.
We will do a separate post on tonight’s black-tie dinner.
Here is a portion of our previous post combined with updated pictures and info from this evening’s welcome. The previous post was published so late I don’t think many readers had a chance to look at it.
After the welcome ceremony in the park, Meghan and Harry went to the iconic Grand Pacific Hotel.
The Hotel website has some great background on the property’s history.
The Grand Pacific Hotel has been an icon of the South Pacific for over a century. Totally rebuilt, the Hotel reopened in May 2014 on the hundredth anniversary of its original opening and has already regained its place as the “grand old lady” of the Pacific – a wonderful blend of fascinating colonial architecture and history combined with magnificent Fijian hospitality and friendliness.
Here you see the royals on the hotel balcony this evening.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at a state ball held in her honor in 1953 on the same balcony.
A closer look at the Duke and Duchess.
HM has been to the Grand Pacific three times.
More about the suite from wetu.com:
..this suite is symbolic of the splendour of colonial days past. Overlooking Albert Park, the suite opens onto to the largest balcony at the Grand Pacific Hotel – the very place where Queen Elizabeth II stood and greeted her subjects to huge acclaim and international publicity shortly after she became Queen in 1953.
Tonight will be the first time we see the Duchess in formalwear.Here’s a sneak peek at the room. shared on Twitter by Monish Nand with the Fiji Department of information. A look at all the tables.
We’ll see you shortly!
This video from ITV runs about 2:30.
The Duke & Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Fiji for a three-day visit. Their arrival was celebrated with a show including the traditional meke dance. #RoyalVisitFiji #HarryandMeghan pic.twitter.com/qgYfTVdlCT
— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) October 23, 2018