Meghan in Marks & Spencer, Stella McCartney for Festival of Remembrance UPDATED
For tonight’s Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall Meghan repeated her Stella McCartney coat. NOTE: Scroll down for updated info on Meghan’s dress.
This was the Duchess’s first time attending the event, an important date on the royal calendar. Below, the Royal Box as the Queen and others take their seats.
More about the event via the Royal Albert Hall website:
The Festival of Remembrance, held in honour of those who have given their lives in the service of their country, has been marked at the Royal Albert Hall annually since 1923.
It was not until 1971 that the British Legion were permitted to use the prefix ‘royal’, following a Royal Charter bestowed to the organisation on 29 May 1971. The festival was promptly renamed Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, which it has proudly held every year since.
Although the festival was originally only intended to honour those who died in the First World War, it now includes tributes to the war dead from more recent conflicts.
Tonight’s program is particularly special as it commemorates 100 Years since the end of WWI.
Before his performance Sir Tom Jones spent time with several veterans. From left to right: Robert Cox, Alan Lacy, Sheila Campbell, Bessie Thomas.
The program opened with the Chelsea Pensioners .
Followed by family members who lost a relative in military service. The families were led by Des and Maureen Feely; they lost their 26-year-old daughter, Corporal Sarah Bryant, in Afghanistan in 2008.
The program featured a World War I themed tri-service display featuring Royal British Legion standards representing the branches from across the UK.
There was also tribute to the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force.
HM and Prince Charles enjoying parts of the performance.
Below Sir Tom performs Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer with the Royal Air Force Squadronaires as they pay tribute to aviation.
The evening included a performance by the Kingdom Choir, who performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
More from The Express:
During the event at the Royal Albert Hall, the couple, who will welcome their first child in spring, listened intently to the voices of the Kingdom Choir, who sang Stand By Me at their wedding in May. Dressed in black the group showed off their amazing vocals, which bounded off the walls of the historic venue.
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” He also played at the May wedding.
The service draws toward a close as The Last Post is played.
Poppies rain down throughout Royal Albert Hall.
As two minutes of silence is observed.
The National Anthem is sung and then active military personnel giving three cheers for the Queen.
And the Festival concludes.
Now for our look at what Meghan wore this evening, as trivial as it seems in comparison to the night’s events.
UPDATE 15 NOV: Elizabeth of Meghan’s Fashion did some amazing detective and discovered the Duchess was in a dress by Marks and Spencer. Meghan wore the retailer’s Double Crepe Bodycon Dress. The dress fabric is a poly/viscose blend with a healthy dose of Elastane, which provides the stretch and give in the material, not only making it fit properly, but also making it more comfortable. It features the broad vee-neckline front and back, off-the-shoulder styling, and a back zipper, and the dress is fully lined. (It is also machine washable.) Hello! has reaction from the retailer about the news the Duchess wore their frock:
Hello! spoke to a spokesperson at M&S who said: “We thought Meghan looked beautiful in our M&S Collection dress. We are absolutely delighted she is a fan of M&S and the British high street.”
The dress also comes in a festive red that would be fantastic for holiday parties.
Many will recall this isn’t the first time Meghan has been in Marks & Spencer styles. She wore a sweater by the retailer for an engagement last January, a hat by M&S to the Celia McCorquodale wedding, and the brand’s gloves at Christmas. (The gloves are now back in stock!)
She also wore her Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ 105 pumps in black, $625.
Meghan brought back her Stella McCartney Shaggy Dear Faux Leather Crossbody ($875).
It looks like the Duchess was wearing a new pair of earrings this evening.
They appear to be a “crawler style” with stones set in silver or white gold. The stones appear to vary in size with a larger stone starting on one end and smaller at the other. We will update the post once we learn more information about the identity of these earrings.
Meghan wore two poppy pins or brooches last night, one on her coat and one on her dress. These are the best photos we have showing both poppies.
Below left, the poppy on her coat. We are not sure where this one came from. Susan C. found the poppy pin on the right over on Etsy. It was not found on either the UK or US poppy sites for purchase.
Below showing placement of the poppy on her dress.
We will see you for the Remembrance Sunday service at The Cenotaph. Here is the timing information for those events.
We’ll leave you with this 1-minute video from the Royal British Legion titled Thank You 100. “We all have so much to thank the WW1 generation for. Their service and sacrifice changed the world we live in today.”